June 23, 2012
oblivion (noun)
\uh-BLIV-ee-un\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : the state of forgetting or having forgotten or of being unaware or unconscious2 : the state of being forgotten
How do you use it?
Although their names may be known, the habits and personalities of most of our ancestors have faded into oblivion.
Are you a word wiz?

Only one of the writers we asked came up with a sentence that uses "oblivion" correctly. Which of these sentences do you think it is?

The sentences may all fall into oblivion, but D is the one that works. By rescuing a song from oblivion, Margaret will be stopping the song from being forgotten. "Oblivion" comes from the Latin word "oblivisci," meaning "to forget." Although the definite origin of "oblivisci" has fallen into oblivion, language scholars think it may come from the prefix "ob-," meaning "in the way," and "levis," meaning "smooth." Other offspring of "levis" include "levity" and "alleviate."
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