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Feb 15, 2019
This week’s theme
Words that aren’t what they appear to be

This week’s words
bloodnoun
sodalist
reprobate
appurtenance
appose

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appose

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-POHZ)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To place next to or side by side: to juxtapose.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin apponere (to put near), from ad- (near) + ponere (to put). Ultimately from the Indo-European root apo- (off or away), which is also the source of after, off, awkward, post, and puny. Earliest documented use: 1593.

USAGE:
“You look at m/e, you smile at m/e infinitely, m/y eyes are apposed to your eyes, / am seized by unnameable joy and horror.”
Lillian Faderman; Chloe plus Olivia; Viking; 1994.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The question is not Can they reason?, nor Can they talk?, but Can they suffer? -Jeremy Bentham, jurist and philosopher (15 Feb 1748-1832)

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