Word of the Day

Saturday, June 30, 2018

armamentarium

[ ahr-muh-muhn-tair-ee-uhm, -men- ]

noun

the aggregate of equipment, methods, and techniques available to one for carrying out one's duties: The stethoscope is still an essential part of the physician's armamentarium.

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What is the origin of armamentarium?

English armamentarium is taken straight from the Latin noun armāmentārium “armory, arsenal, storehouse for military equipment.” The base of the Latin compound noun is the neuter plural noun arma “arms, weapons,” from which the verb armāre “to fit or equip with weapons” derives. From the verb armāre and the suffix -mentum, used to form concrete objects, the noun armāmentum is formed. The resulting armāmentum is completed by the very common adjective and noun suffix -ārium (from -arius), showing location. Armamentarium entered English in the 17th century in the sense “arsenal.” The broader sense of armamentarium dates from the 19th century.

how is armamentarium used?

By identifying a fresh target for therapy—the TB bacterium’s waxy outer jacket—the new research lays the groundwork for adding to the armamentarium against TB …

Melissa Healy, "Scientists have a promising new approach for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis," Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2018

With such powerful tastes and bold sauces in the chef’s armamentarium, one has to expect that not every dish will work.

Peter Kaminsky, "Tompkins Square Riot," New York, March 25, 1996
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Friday, June 29, 2018

flexitarian

[ flek-si-tair-ee-uhn ]

noun

a person whose diet is mostly vegetarian but sometimes includes meat, fish, or poultry.

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What is the origin of flexitarian?

Flexitarian was first recorded in 1990-95. It’s a portemanteau of the words flexible and vegetarian.

how is flexitarian used?

A flexitarian is someone who rarely, though occasionally, consumes meat, including red meat, poultry, and seafood. A climatarian is someone who eats less meat—especially the most energy-consuming meats, like beef and lamb—specifically for environmental reasons.

Brian Kateman, "Beyond 'Vegetarian'," Atlantic, March 14, 2016

The moderate, conscious eater—the flexitarian—knows where the goal lies: a diet that’s higher in plants and lower in both animal products and hyperprocessed foods, the stuff that makes up something like three-quarters of what’s sold in supermarkets.

Mark Bittman, "Healthy, Meet Delicious," New York Times, April 23, 2013
Thursday, June 28, 2018

transmundane

[ trans-muhn-deyn, tranz-; trans-muhn-deyn, tranz- ]

adjective

reaching beyond or existing outside the physical or visible world.

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What is the origin of transmundane?

Transmundane was first recorded in 1770-80. It combines Latin trans- “beyond” and mundane, which finds its roots in the Latin word meaning “world.”

how is transmundane used?

Below me along the lifelines I was aware of many sailors joining in these observations, gazing dumbstruck at it as something transmundane.

William Brinkley, The Last Ship, 1988

… a common labourer and a travelling tinker had propounded and discussed one of the most ancient theories of transmundane dominion and influence on mundane affairs.

George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, 1859

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