Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About | Media | Search | Contact  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


Jun 30, 2005
This week's theme
Archaic words

This week's words
caliginous
quotha
cark
crasis
enow

Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

crasis

(KRAY-sis) Pronunciation RealAudio

noun:
1. Composition; constitution; blending.
2. Contraction of two vowels into one long vowel or into a diphthong.

From Greek krasis (mixture, blend), from kerannynai (to mix).

"However, I do not wish to condemn the Greek-Latin crasis. After all I have used it to mould my surname (Latro=thief [Latin], Nike=victory [Greek]) into a more palatable form (victory over the thieves) than might be inferred from its slanderous (for me) Latin stem!"
Nicola Latronico; Making Sense; The Lancet (London, UK); Mar 30, 1996.

X-Bonus

Wherever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship. -Harry S Truman, 33rd US president (1884-1972)

We need your help

Help us continue to spread the magic of words to readers everywhere

Donate

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2018 Wordsmith