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Aug 27, 2012
This week's theme
Usage examples that are food for thought

This week's words
salutary
lucriferous
pugilist
strop
concomitant

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

One consistent feedback from readers of A.Word.A.Day is that while they like the words, they love the unrelated quotations selected for A THOUGHT FOR TODAY.

Every day we feature words and, as illustrations, cite usage examples from newspapers, magazines, or books. This week we are going to do something a little different. We'll include thoughtful quotations as usage examples. Consider these as a bonus A THOUGHT FOR TODAY.

We've picked five well-known figures and use their words to illustrate this week's words.

salutary

PRONUNCIATION:
(SAL-yuh-ter-ee, -yoo-)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Beneficial; useful; remedial.
2. Healthful.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via French salutaire, or directly from Latin salutaris, from salut-, stem of salus- (health). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sol- (whole). A few other words derived from this root are salute, safe, salvage, solemn, and save. Earliest documented use: 1490.

USAGE:
"To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves."
Novelist Aldous Huxley (1894-1963).

See more usage examples of salutary in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. -Pierre Bayle, philosopher and writer (1647-1706)

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