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Word of the Day: Scholar

Sep 5, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

schol-ar / ˈskälər
1.      a pupil
Each day is the scholar of yesterday.
Publilius Syrus, 85-c.43 BCE
2.      one who specializes in a particular field of study
Rivalry of scholars advances wisdom.
Hebrew Proverb
3.      one who has received a grant, fellowship, etc. to study a certain topic
I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades.
Duffy Daugherty, 1915-1987
4.      one who enjoys learning and seeking knowledge
The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, 1770-1831
from the Late Latin scholaris (belonging to a school [schola]) through the Old French escoler, escolier.
*etymology provided by Allen Ward

Thank you for including the Dictionary Project in the good work you do in your club.  In my club, we have provided Dictionaries for third-grade students for enough years that now we are having former students help us to present dictionaries each year.  They are often returning to the same classrooms that they were third-grade students.  Teachers plead every year for us to NEVER quit this valuable project.  They tell us that students NEED paper books to learn to read, to learn to do research and to do independent study.  Please send me pictures of your presentations and tell me about your visits to the schools to give dictionaries to the students. To be included in our newsletter you can send me your stories at

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District Governor 2019-2020
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