The Wager

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  • Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 20, 2019 is:

    remittance • \rih-MIT-unss\  • noun

    1 a : a sum of money remitted

    b : an instrument by which money is remitted

    2 : transmittal of money (as to a distant place)


    "PayPal has everything it needs to send money to friends or family or to pay bills, even across borders. Its acquisition of Xoom in 2015 gave it a strong position in digital remittance." — Adam Levy, The Motley Fool, 14 Dec. 2018

    "Kit … knew that his old home was a very poor place…, and often indited square-folded letters to his mother, enclosing a shilling or eighteenpence or such other small remittance, which Mr Abel's liberality enabled him to make." — Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, 1841

    Did you know?

    Since the 14th century, the verb remit has afforded a variety of meanings, including "to lay aside (a mood or disposition)," "to release from the guilt or penalty of," "to submit or refer for consideration," and "to postpone or defer." It is derived from Latin mittere (meaning "to let go" or "to send"), which is also the root of the English verbs admit, commit, emit, omit, permit, submit, and transmit. Use of remittance in financial contexts referring to the release of money as payment isn't transacted until the 17th century.

  • Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 19, 2019 is:

    coin of the realm • \KOYN-uv-thuh-RELM\  • noun phrase

    1 : the legal money of a country

    2 : something valued or used as if it were money in a particular sphere


    The coin of the realm changes from one country to the next, so travelers may turn to digital transactions through services like PayPal.

    "The 'game' is to see who ultimately will rule from the Iron Throne. This addictive game often plays out like a suspenseful succession of high-stakes chess moves…. There are kings and queens, knights and pawns maneuvering for position, forming strategic alliances on these fictional continents where danger, duplicity, deception and deceit are the coin of the realm."
    — Mark Dawidziak, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 14 Apr. 2019

    Did you know?

    Coin of the realm gained currency in the English language during the 18th century as a term for the legal money of a country. Coin is ultimately from Latin cuneus, meaning "wedge," and entered English, via Anglo-French, in the 14th century with the meaning "cornerstone" or "quoin." By the latter part of that century, the word was being exchanged as a name for a device or impress stamped on flat pieces of metal used as money and, by extension, for the money itself. Realm entered English in the 13th century with the meaning "kingdom." Its spelling is an alteration of Old French reiame, which is based on the Latin word for "rule" or "government," regimen. In time, realm was generalized as the name for any sphere or domain, and coin of the realm came to signify something having value or influence in a particular sphere.

  • Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 18, 2019 is:

    tenacious • \tuh-NAY-shus\  • adjective

    1 a : not easily pulled apart : cohesive

    b : tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance

    2 : persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired

    3 : retentive


    Once Linda has decided on a course of action, she can be very tenacious when it comes to seeing it through.

    "The demands on the men were extreme—no sleep, long distances to trek, limited supplies and a tenacious enemy are enough to test the cohesion of even the most disciplined teams." — Capt. Garrison Haning, Army Magazine, 1 Apr. 2019

    Did you know?

    For the more than 400 years that tenacious has been a part of the English language, it has adhered closely to its Latin antecedent: tenax, an adjective meaning "tending to hold fast." Almost from the first, tenacious could suggest either literal adhesion or figurative stick-to-itiveness. Sandburs are tenacious, and so are athletes who don't let defeat get them down. We use tenacious of a good memory, too—one that has a better than average capacity to hold information. But you can also have too much of a good thing. The addition in Latin of the prefix per- ("thoroughly") to tenax led to the English word pertinacious, meaning "perversely persistent." You might use pertinacious for the likes of rumors and telemarketers, for example.