June 10, 2016
- anecdote (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : a brief story about something interesting or funny in a person's life
- How do you use it?
- Chelsea loved hearing Aunt Cathy's amusing anecdotes about growing up as the only girl in a family with five brothers.
- Are you a word wiz?
Where do you think the word "anecdote" comes from?In the 6th century, a man named Procopius was a historian and an official in the court of the Byzantine emperor Justinian. Procopius published two important historical works in his lifetime, as well as one that was published after his death. The third work, titled _Anekdota_ meaning "not published," contained bitter attacks on the emperor, his wife, and other noted officials, as well as shocking gossip about them. English speakers originally used a version of the book's title as a word for similar secret or unpublished histories or biographies. But by the 18th century, people were using "anecdote"" for any interesting or amusing personal tale.