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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for January 18, 2021 is:

preeminent • pree-EM-uh-nunt  • adjective

1 : exhibiting eminence especially in standing above others in some quality or position : prominent

2 : standing out so as to be readily perceived or noted : conspicuous

3 : jutting out : projecting

Examples:

“Over the course of 80 years, Chuck Norris has done it all. He served in the military before becoming one of the most universally recognized martial artists of all time, and his skills led to a successful career in films, beginning with a legendary battle against the great Bruce Lee in the iconic action movie, Way of the Dragon, before becoming one of the preeminent action heroes of the 1980s.” — Zak Wojnar, Screen Rant, 4 Dec. 2020

“[Georgia] ranked 10th in tech employment nationally, is a hub of Black tech entrepreneurship, and is home to a cluster of a major academic centers, including Georgia Tech and Emory University, as well as Morehouse and Spelman, two preeminent HBCUs who have made significant contributions to educating underrepresented communities.” — Bhaskar Chakravorti, Harvard Business Review, 4 Dec. 2020

Did you know?

What is noteworthy about the following sentence? “Denali Mountain is a prominent eminence on the Alaskan landscape.” You very likely recognized two words that are closely related to preeminent: prominent and eminence. All three words are rooted in the Latin verb stem -minēre, meaning “to stand out.” Mount is also a related word: it comes from Latin mont- or mons, meaning “mountain,” which shares a common ancestor with –minēre. Mount leads us in turn to paramount, a word closely related in meaning to preeminent.

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including Lifehack.media, Andrew Christian, Alltherooms.com and Vocal.media.You can learn more about his services at http://www.ken-saunders.info.

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