Pronounced: stur-nyuh-TAY-shun, noun

Notes: I think this is a word I keep learning and forgetting; I seem to remember running across it previously. Perhaps posting it here will help me remember it in future.

Yesterday’s word

The word clarigation is “a demand for restitution for some wrong, as a precursor to declaring war”

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1400s

Background / Comments

Our word comes from the Latin word clarigare (to make clear), which came from clarus (clear). Apparently, in ancient Roman times, a clarigation was a solemn and ceremonial (“clear”) recital of injuries or grievances at another peoples’ hands. It was usually accompanied by a demand for satisfaction — without which, they would go to war. This may be similar to the English phrase “sabre-rattling”.

Rejected word

The word cacophony came up; I’m a little proud that I correctly parsed this word; I remembered the Greek words kakos (bad) and phōnē (sound) – thus, literally, “bad sound” : a harsh, discordant sound.

Published by Richard

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

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