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Apr 2, 2020
This week’s theme
Words coined after mountains and hills

This week’s words
Olympian
balkanize
Areopagus
Everest
Pelion

Everest
Mt. Everest

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Everest

PRONUNCIATION:
(EV-uh-ruhst/rest)

MEANING:
noun: The highest point of something: achievement, ambition, challenge, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Mount Everest, the highest mountain (8,848 m) on the Earth (above sea level) in the Himalayas. The mountain is named after George Everest (1790-1866), Surveyor-General of India. Earliest documented use: 1909.

USAGE:
“[Joyce Yang’s] recital ended with Liszt’s Piano Sonata, a half-hour, single-movement piece that still ranks as an Everest of difficulty for pianists.”
Terry Blain; A Piano Star Lights up Liszt with Pyrotechnic Technique; Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Feb 4, 2020.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
You see, war is not the answer / For only love can conquer hate. / You know we've got to find a way / To bring some lovin' here today. -Marvin Gaye, singer and songwriter (2 Apr 1939-1984)

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