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Thursday word: prolegomenon

prolegomenon (proh-li-GOM-uh-non) - n., an introduction, prefatory remark, esp. a formal essay that introduces and interprets the work that follows.


It seems I've been mispronouncing this -- I put the stress on the fourth syllable. Ah, well. First borrowed in 1652 in the sense of the learned preamble to a book from Greek, where it is the neuter passive present participle of prolegein, to say beforehand, from pro-, before + legein, to speak (the root of lecture). Preface is the exact same meaning, only from Latin roots.

Some people see death as a prolegomenon to another life.

---L.
Tags: greek, noun, p
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