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Nov 2, 2021
This week’s theme
There’s a word for it

This week’s words
charientism
oracy
haecceity
balter
caducous

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oracy

PRONUNCIATION:
(OHR-uh-see)

MEANING:
noun: The ability to express oneself in speech.

ETYMOLOGY:
Coined as a blend of oral + literacy. Earliest documented use: 1965.

USAGE:
“Passing things on. Oracy, storytelling. My wife says that for us, word of mouth is first and foremost.”
Paula Coston; On the Far Side, There’s a Boy; John Hunt Publishing; 2014.

“There was so much he had wanted to say but could not. Words had formed in his mind but he had been deprived of oracy.”
Peter Clements; The Third Temple; Strategic Book Group; 2012.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
All great human deeds both consume and transform their doers. Consider an athlete, or a scientist, or an artist, or an independent business creator. In the service of their goals they lay down time and energy and many other choices and pleasures; in return, they become most truly themselves. -Lois McMaster Bujold, author (b. 2 Nov 1949)

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