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Sep 11, 2013
This week's theme
What to call people at work

This week's words
factotum
interlocutor
confrere
protege
fugleman

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confrere

PRONUNCIATION:
(KON-frayr)

MEANING:
noun: Colleague; a fellow member of a profession, fraternity, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin con- (with) + frater (brother). Other cousins of this word, derived from the same Indo-European root bhrater- (brother), are brother, pal, fraternal, and bully. Earliest documented use: 1425.

USAGE:
"Dr. Madan Kataria developed a catalog of comical expressions and sounds that he and his confreres used to stimulate and simulate laughter."
Eric Trump; Got the Giggles? Join the Club; The New York Times; Jul 27, 2002.

See more usage examples of confrere in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We all travel the milky way together, trees and men; but it never occurred to me until this storm-day, while swinging in the wind, that trees are travelers in the ordinary sense. They make many journeys, not extensive ones, it is true; but our own little journeys, away and back again, are only little more than tree-wavings -- many of them not so much. -John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)

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