Pronounced: pass-kwuh-NADE, noun
Notes: I didn’t know this word, but I’ve seen several of them at work
The word excursus means
- a detailed discussion about a particular point, especially when added an an appendix
- a digression
This word came into usage in the early 1800s
Background / Comments
I think we’ve all run across the second definition occurrences; I think I have books that contains excursus (the first meaning above), but I generally don’t read the excursus. But it is a handy word to use to refer to another’s digression. The word comes from the Latin word excurrere (to run out), which came from ex- (out) and currere (to run).