November 16, 2017
aberration (noun)
\ab-uh-RAY-shun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : the act of differing especially from a moral standard or normal state2 : unsoundness or disorder of the mind3 : a small regularly occurring change of apparent position in heavenly bodies due to the combined effect of the motion of light and the motion of the observer
How do you use it?
All the lab test results came in the same with the exception of one, and the researchers concluded that it had to be just an aberration.
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Which word do you think is related to "aberration"?

Make no mistake, C is the correct answer today. "Aberration" and "error" both trace to the Latin root "errare" which means "to wander." Words with roots in "errare" tend to have something to do with wandering or deviating from the right or usual path. We see "errare" at work in the sense of an "aberration" being an occurrence that is different from what is usual or expected. In "error" the influence of "errare" is evident in the suggestion of unintended movement away what is true or correct. Other members of the "errare" family include "erroneous," meaning "containing an error or being wrong," and "erratic," meaning "marked by lack of consistency or regularity."
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