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Jul 30, 2015
This week’s theme
Words borrowed from Hebrew

This week’s words
tohubohu
behemoth
leviathan
manna
gehenna

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manna

PRONUNCIATION:
(MAN-uh)

MEANING:
noun: An unexpected help, benefit, or advantage.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Latin and Greek from Hebrew man (manna). In the Bible manna was the food supplied to the Israelites by the heavens during their wandering in the desert. Earliest documented use: mid 5th century.

USAGE:
“The people, also, must accept this new mantra and not expect manna to fall from the tables of their representatives in the government.”
Are Nigerians Ready for the Real ‘Change’?; The Sun (Lagos, Nigeria); Apr 22, 2015.

See more usage examples of manna in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. -Henry Ford, industrialist (30 Jul 1863-1947)

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