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.
- narrow and rigid in opinion; inflexible: a hidebound pedant.
- 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.
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
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?