Thursday, May 14, 2015 – Hidebound – The Word for the Day


Thursday, May 14, 2015 – Hidebound – The Word for the Day

Every day for some reason I reason I receive the word of the day from dictionary.com in my email.

The word for May 12 was hidebound.

Hidebound means:

  1. narrow and rigid in opinion; inflexible: a hidebound pedant.
  2. oriented toward or confined to the past; extremely conservative: a hidebound philosopher

With the word of the day comes the use in a quotation and the origin of the word.

Quotes

I never saw a man so distressed as you were by my will; unless it were that hidebound pedant, Lanyon, at what he called my scientific heresies.

— Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 1886

Origin

Hidebound entered English in the mid-1500s as a descriptor for malnourished cattle. It joins the words hide meaning “the pelt or skin of one of the larger animals” and bound meaning “made fast as if by a band or bond.”

As this is Texas and we assess everything in education, here is your assessment question.

For the writing portion, write a paragraph answering the following question:

Doesn’t this sound like the Texas Legislature?

 

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