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Word of the Day – 3/17/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 17, 2011

Construe
[Kuhn-stroo] (v.) to give the meaning or
intention of; explain; interpret.

*from the late Latin construere, meaning “to relate grammatically.”
“Man’s unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.”

~Thomas Carlyle

 

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