gyve

Pronounced: jihv, noun/verb

Notes: A great hangman word


Yesterday’s phrase

The phrase per contra means

  • on the contrary; by way of context; on the other hand
  • as an offset
Background

Well, the background is a bit confusing. One place just says tersely that it is from Latin per contrā. The more interesting one says that it is from Italian (literally, “by the opposite side [of the ledger]”) and is a bookkeeping term. The “father of accounting” was an Italian named “Luca Pacioli”, a Franciscan friar, mathematician, and friend of Leonardo da Vinci.

First usage

The word came into English in the mid-1500s.

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

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