Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Modicum

It is a pity that, by the fault of a narrow education, he should have so completely immolated himself to that one idea of his, especially as the slightest modicum of common-sense would teach him its utter impracticability.
—Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance, 1852

Modicum derives via Middle English from Latin modus, meaning "measure." A modicum is literally a small measure of something, and implies an amount that meets a bare minimum.

Source: Merriam-Webster Online: It's the Little Things: 8 Handy Words When You Just Need a Pinch of Something
Tags: latin, m, noun, wordsmith: med_cat

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