Pronounced: NEE-fuh-liz-uhm, noun

Notes: I didn’t know this word, but I like it; it would be good to drop into conversation

Yesterday’s word

The word opuscule means

  • a small or minor word
  • a literary or musical work of small size
First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1600s

Background / Comments

Our word comes from the Latin word opusculum, which is made up of opus (work) and -culum (a suffix denoting smallness). I have heard of opus, but with the emphasis on the first syllable (OH-puhs). Our word, with the emphasis on “puhs” just confused me and I didn’t see “opus” in the word. One of the things I thought was that it was some horrid medical condition.

Published by Richard

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

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