Word of the Week Wednesday: chrestomathy


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: chrestomathy.

A chrestomathy is a selection of literary passages usually by the same author and often from a foreign language.

The word comes ultimately from the Greek chresto meaning useful and math meaning learning.  Chrestomathies are generally used as a tool for studying foreign languages.

The term is also used in the world of computer science where it refers to a collection of similar programs written in various programming languages used to demonstrate syntax differences.

This is one of the more esoteric words I’ve featured in a while and I think I just enjoy the strangeness of it.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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