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etymology

Competition

Compete From Latin competere, in its late sense ‘strive or contend for (something)’, from com- ‘together’ + petere ‘aim at, seek’. OED I offer this… Read More »Competition

Vanity

Before the word vanity took on its dominant modern meaning of “excessive interest in one’s own appearance,” it meant something like “futilty” or “emptiness,” from… Read More »Vanity