Friday, September 4, 2009

Some Words are more rudimentary than others.....

Word of the Day

abecedarian \ay-bee-see-DAIR-ee-uhn\, noun:

1. One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a beginner.
2. One engaged in teaching the alphabet.
3. Pertaining to the letters of the alphabet.
4. Arranged alphabetically.
5. Rudimentary; elementary.

The approach may seem abecedarian today, but his was among the first endeavors of the sort.-- Jennifer Liese, "May 1973", ArtForum, May 2003

Abecedarian derives from Latin abecedarius, from the first four letters of the alphabet. Never heard of this word, never used it.....likely will never use it...... might be easy to remember.......

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You probably won't believe this, but I, too, had never heard of this word until earlier this week - I read it elsewhere, although I can't remember where, and wondered what it meant ... now I know! Thank you, Krista!

Wendy V.