A Word A Day


A.Word.A.Day

with Anu Garg

scrutable

PRONUNCIATION:
(SKROO-tuh-buhl)

 

MEANING:
adjective: Capable of being understood.

 

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin scrutari (to examine), from scruta (trash), which also gave us scrutiny, scrutator, andscrutate. Earliest documented use: 1604.

 

USAGE:
“In fact, that’s the great irony of the court’s decision: By ruling that Google had to alter its ‘memories’ for some, it essentially ruled that it should become less scrutable and less transparent for others.”
Caitlin Dewey; Europe’s Highest Court Says People Have ‘the Right to Be Forgotten’; The Washington Post; May 13, 2014.

 

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

The Panama Canal was dug with a microscope. -Ronald Ross, doctor and Nobel Prize laureate (13 May 1857-1932) [alluding to the research done to get rid of the mosquito (details)]

May 13, 2016

This week’s theme
Forgotten positives

This week’s words
licit
peccable
clement
effable
scrutable


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