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Dec 22, 2015
This week’s theme
Yours to discover

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quoz
vidimus
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vidimus
A vidimus of a letter of authorizing Massachusetts governor to enlist Black volunteers in a regiment

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vidimus

PRONUNCIATION:
(VAI-di-muhs)

MEANING:
noun: 1. An attested copy of a document. 2. An official inspection.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin vidimus (we have seen), from videre (to see). Ultimately from the Indo-European root weid- (to see), which also gave us guide, wise, vision, advice, idea, story, history, vizard, videlicet, prudential, previse, and invidious. Earliest documented use: 1436.

USAGE:
“The final letter was a vidimus bearing the great seal of Philip the Fair, purportedly confirming the marriage contract between Philip of Artois and Blanche of Brittany.”
Margaret Reeves, et al.; Shell Games; CRRS Publications; 2004.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell. -Charles de Lint, writer (b. 22 Dec 1951)

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