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  • The Buzzword of the Day for 12/19/2014 is:ancestor (noun) \AN-sess-ter\ What does it mean? 1 : one from whom an individual, group, or species is descended2 : something from which something else has developed : forerunnerHow do you use it? "The pupils were better dressed and better looking than were those of my time; consequently they did not resemble their ancestors; and consequently there was nothing familiar to me in their faces." (Mark Twain, _Life on the Mississippi_) Are you a word wiz? The English word "ancestor" comes from Latin ancestors. How old do you think the word "ancestor" is? A. 200 years old B. 400 years old C. 600 years old D. 800 years old Check your answer on Word Central.

 

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