rearguard

Pronounced: REAR-guard, adj

Notes: I had an idea of the meaning; also, the background was interesting


Yesterday’s word

The word impend can mean

  • to be about to happen; to loom
  • to threaten or menace
First usage

The word came into English in the mid-1600s

Background / Comments

This word comes from Latin perpendere (to weigh thoroughly), from per- (thoroughly) and pendere (to weigh). It should be no surprise that we get the word prepend from the same source. As I said yesterday, I know one of the definitions — the first one; I know the adjective “impending”. I was unaware of the second meaning.

Published by Richard

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

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