obdormition

Pronounced: ob-dor-MISH-uhn, noun

Notes: Nearly all of us have experienced this


Yesterday’s word

The word indagate means “to search into; investigate”

First usage

This word came into English in the early 1600s

Background / Comments

I enjoy reading mystery stories, and Rex Stout (the author of the Nero Wolfe stories). Rex Stout had an extremely high IQ and used quite a vocabulary in his writing, and that’s why I’m surprised that I haven’t run across this word in my reading. It is a rather uncommon word and that may be why Mr Stout didn’t use it. It comes from the Latin verb indagare (to track), which was often used to refer to tracking with hunting dogs.

Published by Richard

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

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