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Jan 22, 2019
This week’s theme
Well-traveled words

This week’s words
aubade
prosopography
kurbash
postiche
safari

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prosopography

PRONUNCIATION:
(pros-uh-PAH-gruh-fee)

MEANING:
noun: A study of people in a group, identifying patterns, connections, etc.: a collective biography.

ETYMOLOGY:
From German Prosopographie, from Latin prosopographia, from Greek prosopon (face, mask), from pros- (facing) + ops (eye) + -graphy (writing). Earliest documented use: 1577.

USAGE:
“William Lubenow’s book examines the society’s first century via a prosopography of its 255 members.”
Christopher Kent; Review; Canadian Journal of History (Toronto); Apr 2000.

“To give too much away would be to spoil the fun for those keen to delve into Wheen’s enthrallingly seedy prosopography. Suffice to say that Hajdu (hoy doo) was a remarkably protean creature set on fame and wealth above all else. Morality, it would seem, assumed less a back seat than a separate car altogether in a lifelong career of self-aggrandisement.”
Chris Power; The Great Pretender; The Times (London, UK); Oct 19, 2002.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Death is a friend of ours and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home. -Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (22 Jan 1561-1626)

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