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Word of the Day: Verbatim

Aug 19, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

ver-ba-tim / vərˈbādəm
1.      in the exact same words
I will never repeat something verbatim on the air unless I know it’s accurate.
Al Michaels, 1944-
1.      word-for-word; corresponding to the exact same words being quoted
True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 1836-1907
2.      skilled at recording or remembering words or events exactly as they occurred
I was helped by having a verbatim memory of what happened years ago, even if I can’t remember what happened a couple of days ago.
James Herriot, 1916-1995
First recorded in the late 15th century, verbatim is a Latin word meaning ‘word for word’. It comes from the Latin verbum, meaning ‘word’. It was first recorded as an adjective in 1737.

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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