March 07, 2018
lecture (noun)
\LEK-chur\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a talk given before an audience or class especially for instruction2 : a severe or formal criticism : scolding
How do you use it?
"Professor Binns, glancing up in the middle of a deadly dull lecture on the International Warlock Convention of 1289, looked amazed." (J.K. Rowling, _Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets_)
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The root word of "lecture" has three meanings. What do you think they are?

"Lecture" comes from the Latin verb "legere," which could mean either "to gather," "to choose," or "to read." The first meaning gave us the word "legion," the chief unit of the Roman army, which was later expanded to mean "a very large number." The second meaning resulted in "elect" and "select." The words "lesson," derived from the Latin word meaning "act of reading," and "legible," meaning "capable of being read," join today's Buzzword as products of the third meaning, "to read."
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