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This week's theme: adjectives used postpositively.
emeritus (i-MER-i-tuhs) adjective, plural emeriti; feminine emerita, plural emeritae
Retired but retaining an honorary title.
[From Latin emeritus (one who has served his time), past participle of emerere (to serve out one's term), from merere (to deserve, serve, earn).]
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"Seeger has been singing out like this since the Great Depression. The earnest troubadour who either co-wrote or popularized canonical songs like 'If I Had a Hammer' and 'John Henry' has become something like America's folkie emeritus." Michael Hill; Pete Seeger Still Singing at 87; Associated Press; May 17, 2006.
Were we to choose our leaders on the basis of their reading experience and not their political programs, there would be much less grief on earth. I believe ... that for someone who has read a lot of Dickens to shoot his like in the name of an idea is harder than for someone who has read no Dickens. -Joseph Brodsky, poet, Nobel laureate (1940-1996)
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