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Aug 21, 2019
This week’s theme
People who have become verbs

This week’s words
pythagorize
malaprop
nestorize
dewitt
aladdinize

nestorize
Achilles gives Nestor the Prize for Wisdom (detail)
Art: Amable-Paul Coutan (1792-1837)

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nestorize

PRONUNCIATION:
(NES-tuh-ryz)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To fill someone with the idea of being very wise.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Nestor, king of Pylos, who was the oldest and wisest of the Greeks and served as a counselor in the Trojan War. Earliest documented use: 1612.

USAGE:
“I must stop this sort of Nestorizing to myself and save it for the lecture platform and the press.”
Gore Vidal; 1876; Random House; 1976.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I have no respect for people who deliberately try to be weird to attract attention, but if that's who you honestly are, you shouldn't try to "normalize" yourself. -Alicia Witt, actress, singer-songwriter, and pianist (b. 21 Aug 1975)

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