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Word of the Day: Surfeit

Friday, January 24, 2020

Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Jan 8, 2020

surfeit: noun

Definition:
1: an overabundant supply: excess
2: an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something (such as food or drink
3: disgust caused by excess


Did You Know?
There is an abundance—you could almost say a surfeit—of English words that derive from the Latin facere, meaning "to do." The connection to facere is fairly obvious for words spelled with "fic," "fac," or "fec," such as sacrifice, benefaction, and infect. For words like stupefy (a modification of Latin stupefacere) and hacienda (originally, in Old Spanish and Latin, facienda) the facere factor is not so apparent. As for surfeit, the "c" was dropped along the path that led from Latin through Anglo-French, where facere became faire and 
sur- was added to make the verb surfaire, meaning "to overdo." It is the Anglo-French noun surfet ("excess"), however, that Middle English borrowed, eventually settling on the spelling surfeit.

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