Word of the Week

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2021

lodestone

lohd-stohn ] 

noun

something that attracts strongly.

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WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF LODESTONE?

Lodestone, “a variety of magnetite that possesses magnetic polarity” in its non-figurative sense, is a compound of lode and stone. While lode most often refers to a metal-bearing deposit or, in dialectal English, a waterway, its original meaning in Old English, as lád, was “way, course,” and from there, its definition expanded to indicate something to follow, such as a channel or a vein of ore. Lode is a variant spelling of load, which went in a different semantic direction, shifting from a travel route to the heavy objects to be carried along such a route, likely with influence from the unrelated yet similar-sounding verb lade “to put a load or burden on.”

HOW IS LODESTONE USED?

The Mergui archipelago has been called the “Lost World,” but outsiders have found it … The islands are thought to harbor some of the world’s most important marine biodiversity, and are a lodestone for those eager to experience one of Asia’s last tourism frontiers before, as many fear, it succumbs to the ravages that have befallen many once-pristine seascapes.DENIS GRAY, “MYANMAR’S MARINE ‘LOST WORLD’ BRACES FOR TOURISM,” AP NEWS, MARCH 21, 2014

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The last time fans saw Black Widow in action, in “Avengers: Endgame,” she was fighting her dear friend Hawkeye on planet Vormir to sacrifice her life for the Soul Stone… Chapek says that scene of poignant humanity was a narrative lodestone for “Black Widow.”MICHAEL CAVNA, “BLACK WIDOW FINALLY GETS HER OWN MOVIE, ONE THAT POSES THE QUESTION: WHO IS SHE, REALLY?” WASHINGTON POST, JULY 1, 2021

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