Monday, July 21, 2008

Word of the Day


Pronunciation: uh-man-yoo-en-sis
Plural: Amanuenses
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin, from a, ab + manus hand
Date: 1610
A person whose employment is to write what another dictates, or to copy what another has written.

"If she is telling me the truth then I am her biographer. Otherwise, I am just an amanuensis."

— Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

Thanks to Constant Comment for today's WOTD entry

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