Pronunciation: /ˌapəˈlōj(ē)ə /
A formal written defense of one’s opinions or conduct: an apologia for book banning
late 18th century: from Latin (see apology).
To whom it may concern, this WotD entry is presented in this format as an apologia
. It will be mercifully brief. There will be limits placed on the normally rambling presentation of a word. Brief, yes, but not actually short, just as briefs aren't always shorts. To the point, possibly, circling the drain, no doubt. It is, after all, the Monday which the United States has selected to represent the deeds of Christopher Columbus in the most positive light. It is barely possible to imagine the significance of the feeling Columbus must have had when he realized that he had not reached Asia by going far west. Instead, he had found totally "unclaimed" territory... Oh, yes, the apologia
, well, since this is supposed to be brief, we shall put that off for another time.
Words are a game. Sometimes I play alone, but you are welcome to play, too.