July 03, 2016
obsolete (adjective)
\ahb-suh-LEET\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : no longer in use2 : of a kind or style no longer current : outmoded
How do you use it?
My mom insists that we buy an inexpensive tablet because she thinks within a couple of years it will probably be obsolete and have to replaced.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following do you think is an example of something that is NOT obsolete?

Today's answer is C; the telephone is still widely used and so not obsolete. The telegraph was eventually replaced by digital data transmission, the steam locomotive was superseded by those powered by diesel fuel and electricity, and you can ask your parents about cassette tapes! The word "obsolete" is of Latin origin. It traces to the Latin "obsoletus," a form of the verb "obsolescere," meaning "to grow old, become disused." English speakers adopted "obsoletus" as "obsolete" in the 1500s. "Obsolete" first appeared in print in the mid-1500s and it shows no signs of becoming outmoded.
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