Saturday, January 09, 2010

Does This Word Redundantly Say The Same Thing Twice?

I've never seen this one before: sempiternal.

It means "seemingly everlasting," and if Wiktionary's etymology is to be believed, it's …

… from Latin sempiternus, a contraction of semperæternus, from semper (“always”) + æternus (“eternal”).

Always eternal? As opposed to, say, eternal for a fleeting moment? No wonder the Roman Empire collapsed.

Anyway, you'll be unsurprised to hear I saw it referring to Sen. Robert Byrd.

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