Word of the Week

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2021

lodestone

[lohd-stohn ]

noun

something that attracts strongly.

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WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF LODESTONE?

Lodestone, “a variety of magnetite that possesses magnetic polarity” in its non-figurative sense, is a compound oflodeandstone. Whilelodemost often refers to a metal-bearing deposit or, in dialectal English, a waterway, its original meaning in Old English, aslád, was “way, course,” and from there, its definition expanded to indicate something to follow, such as a channel or a vein of ore.Lodeis a variant spelling ofload, which went in a different semantic direction, shifting from a travel route to the heavy objects to be carried along such a route, likely with influence from the unrelated yet similar-sounding verblade“to put a load or burden on.”

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