per contra

Pronounced: per-KAHN-truh, adv

Notes: You may be able to guess this one; the history of the word was interesting


Yesterday’s word

The word transpicuious means “easily seen through or understood”

Background

The trans- part of the word is a clue to the origin; the word comes from Latin — trans- (across) plus specere (to look). The specere part is the source of many English words: spectator and spectacles are well known, but also suspect, spectrum, bishop (overseer), espionage, and several others.

First usage

This word showed up in the mid-1600s.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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