Saturday, November 1, 2008

Word of the Day

parry\PAIR-ee\v. 1: to ward off a weapon or blow. 2: to evade especially by an adroit answer.

Example Sentence: The senator effectively parried all Beverly's questions about his dubious financial affairs.

Did you know? "Parry" (which is used in fencing, among other applications) probably comes from "parez," a form of the French verb "parer," meaning "to guard or ward off." Its history can be compared with that of two other English words: "parapet" and "parasol." Those two terms go back to an Italian word ("parare") that means "to shield or guard." (A parapet shields soldiers and a parasol wards off the sun.) All three - "parry," "parapet," and "parasol" - can ultimately be traced to the Latin "parare," meaning "to prepare." And they're not alone. Other descendants of the Latin term include "apparatus," "disparate," "emperor," and even "prepare."

With Mark for a husband, I've learned to be quite good at parrying his verbiage.

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