Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Execrate: Execrate means to curse and is the antonym of its etymological relative consecrate, both etymologically related to sacred.
We were sorry we didn't know any Latin, and that we were unable to deliver a funerary oration in the language that he had employed on his deathbed (either to recite a prayer to his god or to execrate his life as a street sweeper, it was impossible to say which).
A Book for Today: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

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