read, peruse

By LAWRENCE FELLOWS To read has many meanings, one of which is to get the drift of a message by interpreting written or printed words. Its roots are in the Old English raedan, which was the word used for figuring out the mystic sense of runes scratched in the sand or on crude boards. The word […]

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fetch, fetching

  By LAWRENCE FELLOWS To fetch is to go after something and bring it back. Fetching is not quite the same word, although both come to us from variations of the Old English fetian and faet, for “step” and “foot.” Fetching used to mean contriving or crafty. It’s not too far-fetched to accept that fetching, […]

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