Pronounced: SEK-till, adj

Notes: Another useful word, but I was unaware of it

Yesterday’s word

The word parergon means

  • an accessory, embellishment, or byproduct of a main work
  • subsidiary work undertaken in addition to one’s main employment
First usage

Our word goes back a long way to the early 1600s

Background / Comments

In the software world, sometimes software engineers, wanting to be helpful, would create useful tools. This is a good example of a parergon. The drawback to this practice is that these hastily-written tools would get added to the official repertoire of software and have to be maintained as well. Our word comes from the Greek words para- (beside) and ergon (work).

Published by Richard

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

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