ad hominem

Pronounced: ad HOM-uh-nuhm (alt: ahd HOM-uh-nuhm), adj

Notes: I’ve run across this phrase, but I have misunderstood us


Yesterday’s word

The word lodestar means “someone or something that serves as a guiding principle, model, inspiration, ambition, etc.”

First usage

This word came into English in the later 1300s

Background / Comments

Our word comes from the Old English word lad (way) combined with star. A lodestar was first used because it was used in navigation — thus, showing the way. The other shades of meaning all came from the original meaning.

Published by Richard

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

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