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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
March 14, 2011 marks the septendecennial of Wordsmith.org. On this day, 17 years ago, I started what turned into Wordsmith.org.
To celebrate, this week we'll feature words that are 17 letters long. Since 17 is the number of syllables in a haiku, we invite you to take part in a haiku contest.
ocean of language
seventeen years is only
dipping a toe in
CONTEST: Define or illustrate each of this week's words in a haiku using the traditional structure (three lines of 5-7-5 syllables). We'll select five haiku winners, one for each word.
HOW TO ENTER: Email your haiku to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday this week. Be sure to include your location (city/state/country).
MEANING:noun: Belief in the doctrine of predestination, that the divine will has predetermined the course of events, people's fate, etc.
ETYMOLOGY:From Latin praedestination, from prae- (before) + destinare (to determine), from stare (to stand). Earliest documented use: 1722.
USAGE:"I have reacquainted myself with the old taste of Scottish predestinarianism. Y'know, damned or saved; nothing to do with free will or good works."
Alexander Linklater; The Tale of the Three Alcoholics; The Guardian (London, UK); Nov 11, 2006.
See more usage examples of predestinarianism in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:A very popular error: having the courage of one's convictions; rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack on one's convictions. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)