Word of the Day – Perpendicular

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Perpendicular (adj)

pur-pen-dik-oo-lar

At an angle of 90° to a given line, plane, or surface or to the ground.

Late Middle English (as an adverb meaning ‘at right angles’): via Old French from Latin perpendicularis, from perpendiculum ‘plumb line’, from per- ‘through’ + pendere ‘to hang’.

Example sentences

“The lamp post sat perpendicular to the street.”

Word of the Day – Compersion

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Compersion (noun)

kom-pur-shun

The feeling of joy one has experiencing another’s joy, such as in witnessing a toddler’s joy and feeling joy in response.

From French compérage, derived from French compère, from Old French comper, from Latin compater, compatrem (“godfather”).

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