Thursday, August 13, 2009

Word of the Day

Word of the Day

guerdon \GUR-duhn\, noun:

1. a reward
2. to reward, pay back

How could anyone look at the happiness of the Beverley sisters, dolled up for the palace, and propose to snatch their prize away? Why be so cruel, when they have sung so lustily and for so long, and so well deserved their tinny guerdon?
-- Boris Johnson, Elect the Lords -- and stop our gongs going for a song, Daily Telegraph, March 29, 2002

The appalling realization that he has labored for a whole year, only to have the guerdon thus rudely snatched away, is almost too much for Hutch.
-- J.T.M., Old Hutch, New York Times, December 6, 1932

Thirteen dollars a month, so long as he remains a private, is the guerdon of the soldier, with free food, lodging, and medical attendance.
-- Our Pampered Policemen, New York Times, June 21, 1902

By 1366, "reward, recompense" (now only poetic), from Old French guerdon, from Middle Latin widerdonum, from Old High German widarlon and influenced in Middle Latin by Latin donum "gift"

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