November 13, 2013
intramural (adjective)
\in-truh-MYOOR-ul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: being, occurring, or undertaken within the limits usually of a school
How do you use it?
Maura, who is the star performer on her intramural soccer team, has been asked to join the varsity squad.
Are you a word wiz?

The earliest evidence we have for "intramural" comes from the year 1846. Which of these words do you think entered English around the same time as "intramural"?

The planet Neptune was discovered and inventor Elias Howe patented the sewing machine in 1846, the year for which we have the earliest evidence of the word "intramural." The first evidence we have for the words "checkbook," "lasagna," and "test tube" also appeared around that year. Other language additions of the time include the nutrition specialist called a "dietician" and the movable bridge from a ship to the shore known as a "gangplank." "Folklore," referring to the traditional customs, beliefs, and sayings of a people, and "nuclear" also made their first known appearance, along with the word for something familiar to every student, "schoolwork."
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