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Dec 30, 2015
This week’s theme
First words

This week’s words
paternoster
mittimus
gaudeamus
debenture
magnificat

gaudeamus
German fraternity students singing
Art: Georg Mühlberg, c. 1900

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gaudeamus

PRONUNCIATION:
(gau-di-AHM-uhs)

MEANING:
noun: A convivial gathering or merry-making of students at a college or university.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the students’ song “De Brevitate Vitae” (On the Shortness of Life) whose first word is gaudeamus (let’s rejoice). Earliest documented use: 1823.

USAGE:
“I have apologized for not attending the Royal Society Club, who have a gaudeamus on this day.”
The Journal of Sir Walter Scott; Jan 1826.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do not yet know how to ask and will concern objects we have not yet imagined. -John N. Bahcall, astrophysicist (30 Dec 1935-2005)

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