Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Entry: culcate (adj.)

In context: "...as the culcate handle navigates the inguinal canal..."

Definition: We aren't really off to a great start this week - another neologism, and this one I haven't any idea about.  Thoughts?


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Page: 488

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  1. Well, “inculcate” is a verb, and the etymology in the Oxford American English Dictionary says:

    “ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from Latin inculcat- ‘pressed in,’ from the verb inculcare, from in- ‘into’ + calcare ‘to tread’ (from calx, calc- ‘heel’).”

    So, a “handle” to be pressed in rather than pulled? Sounds about right for what it sounds like that passage is describing.

  2. Thanks Peter, I think you hit this one pretty squarely.

    For my part, I definitely gave up a bit too soon as the link to inculcate is pretty obviously. Thanks for doing the heavy lifting!