Thursday, September 23, 2010

Word of the Day 9/23/2010

Reminisce (adjective): to indulge in the process or practice of thinking or telling about past experiences

Examples: She reminisced with old friends at her high school reunion.

"He reminisced about his grandma in the kitchen, early in the morning, stirring up her Cuban specialties and he would awake with his mouth watering to the aroma of her delicious cooking." -- From an article by Diann Greene in Georgia's Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, September 8, 2010

Did You Know?: "Reminisce" and its relative "reminiscence" come from the mind -- that is to say, they come from the Latin word for "mind," which is "mens." A root related to "mens" teamed up with the prefix "re-" to create the Latin verb "reminisci" ("to remember"), an ancestor of both words. "Reminisce" is one of several English verbs starting with "re-" that mean "to bring an image or idea from the past into the mind." Others in this group include "remember," "recall," "remind," and "recollect." "Reminisce" distinguishes itself from the others by implying a casual recalling of experiences long past, often with a sense of nostalgia as in our example sentences.

(I know this word already, but I still love to reminisce about a lot of thing, just thought it was fitting for me right now.)

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day

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