Word of the Day
Definition: The act of performing beyond the call of duty; the act of doing more than is necessary.
Usage: Doing more than is required might seem to be a virtue, but the connotation of this word is also redundancy. The clichés "taking coals to Newcastle" or "gilding the lily" express redundant supererogation. Today's noun is derived from the verb "supererogate"; its adjective is "supererogatory" [su-pêr-ê-'rah-gê-to-ri], as in "a supererogatory act," an act above and beyond the call of duty.
Suggested Usage: Seldom do we see such supererogation as we saw in the action of the rescue workers on the site of the World Trade Center catastrophe. Many people around the world, in fact, are to be commended for supererogatory acts in response to that tragedy. And at this time of year, can we forget Santa Claus's supererogation in bringing toys to so many children in the course of one evening? Hardly!
Etymology: From late Latin supererogare "to expend public funds" comprising super- "over, above" + erogare "to spend." Latin "Erogare" comes from e-, ex- "out of, away from" plus rogare "to ask" (as in "interrogate") from "stretch out the hand." "Rogare" comes from PIE *rog-/reg- "to move in a straight line." The same root became regere "to lead straight, rule" and "right" in English. In German it became Reich "empire, realm," in French roi "king," and rajah "king" in Sanskrit. "Rule," "regular" and "rake" all share the same source. Visit our FAQ sheet for more about PIE. –Dr. Language, YourDictionary.com
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