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Monday, April 04, 2005

Definitions for amanuensis

  1. a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary.

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Citations for amanuensis
Gwen, my amanuensis, is a college student employed as an intern at the research center where I am housed. It is she who acts as midwife to these words which my mind conceives and my lungs and tongue bear forth, delivering them from my mouth and by the sheer process of documentation imbuing them with the solemnity and permanence of literature. Benjamin Hale, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, 2011
They got on well together, mistress and maid, and by the sixth month of her stay, Michael-Mary suggested that she learn how to type. So Corinthians was almost on her way to becoming an amanuensis after all. Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon, 1977
Origin of amanuensis
1610-1620
Amanuensis can be traced to the Latin phrase servus ā manū meaning "slave at hand." It entered English in the early 1600s.
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