Wednesday, April 12, 2023

A word for Wednesday

Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius
~ by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman, 2020, philosophy, 330 pages

These words from the Lives of the Stoics (p. 18) made me smile (and remember my Aunt Bonnie.  I think the words describe me, since this is what I do with my books every day:  "...poring over lines of written text ... A masticator of words..."  My aunt is the only person I have ever heard actually use the word "masticate." 

Word of the Day

mas·ti·cate / verb = chew (food).  Masticate is a technical word meaning to chew.  The word masticate is almost always used in a scientific or technical context.  In the everyday context of eating, people usually just say "chew."  Here's a chart I found about the use of the word "masticate" over time:

My aunt was born in 1904, when using "masticate" was at its height.  I wonder where she heard the word.  I wasn't born until 1940.  If you can't read the small dates along the bottom, they show 1800 — 1850 — 1900 — 1950 — 2019.

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