Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday's learn and earn...


quincunx  \KWIN-kunks\ ~noun

DEFINITION: an arrangement of five things in a square or rectangle with one at each corner and one in the middle

EXAMPLES: The tables were arranged in a quincunx, with the hosting family at the center table and guests at the four corners.

"As we walked along the geometric beds -- many of them planted in an ancient Roman quincunx pattern -- I made notes on the beautiful crops I had never grown." -- From an article by Anne Raver in the New York Times, June 30, 2010

DID YOU KNOW?As our second example sentence suggests, today's word has its origins in ancient Rome. To the Romans, a "quincunx" was a coin whose name comes from the Latin roots "quinque," meaning "five," and "uncia," meaning "one twelfth." The weight of the coin equaled five twelfths of a libra, a unit of weight similar to our pound. The ancients used a pattern of five dots arranged like the spots on a die as a symbol for the coin, and English speakers applied the word to arrangements similar to that distinctive five-dot mark.


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Have a great Wednesday everyone!



  1. I have never tried the Fabreeze warmer thingies. I might have to do that.

    I don't like your word for the day. It sounds too much like a math word. You know how much I hate math. *lol*

  2. Well, I had no idea there was such a word -- not sure I can find a way to slip that into my conversations today :-) But I love having off-beat, unusual words at hand --if nothing else to confuse my kids and husband -- LOL!

    Thanks for the nice thoughts for my son -- he's not a happy camper today -- I just wish he would take a nap so I could too!!

  3. Marie I am glad YOU liked my word, I though Bernie may not like it today. Ohhh how did I know. Have a fantastic day!


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