Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Wednesday Words

seriatim - in a series; one after the other. From Latin for "row" or "chain." Formed from the same model as verbatim (word for word) and literatim (letter for letter).

- nonstandard usage or grammatical construction; a breach of good manners; a mistake. From the Latin soloecismus for "speaking incorrectly." Literally, an inhabitant of Soloi, a city in ancient Cilicia where a dialect regarded as substandard was spoken.

- lewd; lustful; having a smooth, slippery quality. From the Latin lubricus meaning slippery, smooth. Obvious derivations are lubricate and lubricant. When studying rocks in geology, lubricity is one of the defining characteristics, particularly of graphite.

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