December 27, 2018
manual (adjective)
\MAN-yuh-wul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : of, relating to, or involving the hands2 : worked or operated by hand3 : requiring or using physical skill and energy
How do you use it?
When we volunteered to help build a house for an area family, we spent the day carrying boards, driving nails, and doing other kinds of manual labor.
Are you a word wiz?

We're going to put you to work but it won't require your hands. Instead use your brain and see if you can figure out which of these words is related to "manual."

Give yourself a hand if you chose B! "Manuscript" and "manual" have origins in the Latin word "manus," meaning "hand." Both have something to do with using your hands. "Manuscript," which refers to something written by hand, came into English directly from the Latin "manu scriptus," which translates as "written by hand." "Manual," which refers to using the hands to work, followed a more complicated route into English. "Manus" was modified to form "manualis," which made its way into Anglo-French (the French spoken in medieval England). From there "manualis" became the Middle English "manuel," and eventually our modern word "manual."
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