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A.Word.A.Day--atomy

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This week's theme: words formed by false splitting.

atomy (AT-uh-mee) noun

A skeleton.

[From the word anatomy taken as "an atomy". From Latin anatomia, from Greek ana- (up) + tomia (a cutting). Ultimately from the Indo-European root tem- (to cut) that is alto the source of tonsure, temple, epitome, and contemplate.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"That eyes, that are the frail'st and softest things, Who shut their coward gates on atomies, Should be call'd tyrants, butchers, murderers!" William Shakespeare; As You Like It; 1599.

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To use bitter words, when kind words are at hand is like picking unripe fruit when the ripe fruit is there. -Thiruvalluvar, poet (c. 1st century BCE or 6th century CE)

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