Thursday, July 3, 2008

"catholic" with a small "c"


catholic (kath-uh-LIC) adjective
1. Wide-ranging; universal.
2. Broad-minded; inclusive.

[From Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos (general), from kata (according to, by) + holou (whole). Ultimately from Indo-European root sol- (whole) that brought us words such as solid, salute, save, salvo, and soldier.]

"[Broadcaster John Ebdon] notched up more than 1,000 broadcasts on topics that reflected the catholicity of his interests -- they included astronomy, religion and poetry."
-- Obituaries: John Ebdon; The Times (London, UK); Mar 24, 2005.

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