Word Nerd: Danger

Word of the Week: Danger

Our new weekly editorial segment, Word Nerd, features Dr. Pickard who is a professor and graduate of Millsaps College. Dr. Pickard delves into his love for language to highlight the history and uniqueness of the language we speak today.

Definition: “Danger,” ultimately from the Latin word dominus, which means “lord” or “master” (OED). As Heather McHugh puts it, “We get our danger from the lord.” 

“We get our danger from the lord” (“Etymological Dirge”)

-Michael Pickard, Ph.D.

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