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Oct 19, 2018
This week’s theme
Words borrowed from Native American languages

This week’s words
cornpone
bayou
sagamore
mugwump
totem

totem
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totem

PRONUNCIATION:
(TOH-tuhm)

MEANING:
noun: A person, object, group, etc. that serves as an emblem or symbol.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Ojibwe/Ojibwa language of the Algonquian language family in North America. Earliest documented use: 1609.

USAGE:
“The Beats, so long a totem of countercultural cool, now seem anomalous, even old-school.”
Peter Murphy; The Beats That My Heart Skipped; Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland); Jul 1, 2017.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The same people who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing. -Leigh Hunt, poet and essayist (19 Oct 1784-1859)

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