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Monday, September 06, 2010

Definitions for rubric

  1. A title, heading, or the like, written or printed in red or otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text.
  2. A direction for the conduct of divine service.
  3. Any established mode of conduct or procedure.

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Citations for rubric
In our office, we have a file of rubrics The New Yorker has used in its eighty-five-year history-Annals of Exploration, Letter from Saigon, Yachts and Yachtsmen. It can be a helpful list. Amy Davidson, "About a Nutshell," Close Read blog,, August 2010.
Under the "best of category" rubric, Bedell's 2008 cabernet franc ($30) was voted the state's best red. Howard G. Goldberg, "And the Award Winner Is ...," Long Island Vines blog, New York Times, August 2010.
Origin of rubric
Rubric's origin relates to its color; the source is the Latin rubrica, "red ocher."
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