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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: An authoritative and often quoted passage from a book.
From Latin locus (place) + classicus (classical, belonging to the first or highest class). Earliest documented use: 1853.
“Controversy still rages over what is perhaps the locus classicus of such accounts, given by T.E. Lawrence.”
Joan Smith: The Ancient Fears Stirred by Women at War; The Independent (London, UK); Apr 2, 2007.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:'Respect for religion' has become a code phrase meaning 'fear of religion'. Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect. -Salman Rushdie, writer (b. 1947)