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Jun 11, 2020
This week’s theme
Words having origins in rivers

This week’s words
Yarra-banker
Klondike
Rubicon
meander
Niagara

meander
A section of Büyük Menderes river, Turkey

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meander

PRONUNCIATION:
(mee-AN-duhr)

MEANING:
verb intr.:1. To follow a winding course.
 2. To move aimlessly.
 3. To speak or write without a focus.
noun:1. A curve or bend in a path, stream, etc.
 2. A winding path.
 3. A circuitous journey; a ramble.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Maeander (modern name: Büyük Menderes), a river in Turkey, known for its winding course. Earliest documented use: 1576.

USAGE:
“His beguiling but loose thesis pretty much allows Mr Nuttall to go where he like ... so ‘Shakespeare the Thinker’ meanders, but it meanders beautifully.”
With a Glass of Dry Sherry; The Economist (London, UK); Jun 9, 2007.

See more usage examples of meander in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Not until black demonstrators resorted to violence did the national government work seriously for civil rights legislation ... In 1850 white abolitionists, having given up on peaceful means, began to encourage and engage in actions that disrupted plantation operations and liberated slaves. Was that all wrong? -Ingrid Newkirk, animal rights activist (b. 11 Jun 1949)

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