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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Are you one of those people who love antiques? You hang around yard sales on weekends for some rare item that might be up for sale. You stop at every antique mall on your way to grandpa's house. In a way, you love to travel back in time.
If you're one of those folks, consider this week's words as unpackng the antique trunk of the English language. Linguistically, they're called archaic terms. They were once everyday words, but today they reveal their age. They have an old-time appeal.
Not that these words show any wear and tear. They're still ready to serve, patiently waiting in the pages of dictionaries, even though labeled as senior citizens of the language. They haven't called it quits. They still have their shingles up. Verily, I urge you to become better acquainted with them.
adjective: Stalwart: strong, dependable, firm.
[From Middle English, from Old English staelwierthe (serviceable), from stathol (support) + weorth (worth).]
"That the theorists were on the money speaks well for the power of
scientific speculation and calculation and is a testament to the
stalworth pundits of the last half century who nurtured a field."
Be careful how you interpret the world: it is like that. -Erich Heller, essayist (1911-1990)