supernumerary (soo-puhr-NOO-muh-rer-ee, -NYOO-) adjective
More than required; extra.
1. A supernumerary person.
2. An actor who appears in a drama or film with no speaking part.
[Latin supernumerarius : super, above- + numerus, number.]
"When his boss wrote the word supernumerary in his performance review,
Crousherd was ecstatic. Only when he got the pink slip next day did he
realize he wasn't a super employee but a superfluous one."
This week's theme: WordPix, words drawn so that they explain themselves.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the
affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and
endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the
best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy
child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life
has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)