acerate

Pronounced: AS-uh-rate, adj

Notes: I don’t think I’ve every run across this useful word


Yesterday’s word

The word psittacism means “chattering; parroting or mimicking; mechanical, repetitive, and meaningless speech”

First usage

This word came into English in the late 1800s

Background / Comments

When I read the definition, a memory kicked in – a memory of a parrot disease called psittacosis. Also, the initial “ps” reminded me of the Greek letter psi. Sure enough, our word came from the Latin word psittacus (parrot)… and the Latin word came from the Greek word psittakós (parrot). Thus, talk that is parrot-like is the meaning of our word.

Published by Richard

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

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