Good morning, and happy Monday. This is yet another 4 day week for me, as we take Friday off to observe our country’s birthday. I’ll be trying to figure out how to forward Friday’s word to my regular inbox so I can post it, but until then Wordsmith has us covered. This week’s words have “two definitions that differ by a single letter.” This really fascinates me. If you are not afflicted by the same fascination, I hope you enjoy these words anyway. Have a great week!

connate (KON-ayt, ko-NAYT)
adjective: 1. congenial
2. congenital

From Latin connasci (to be born with), from com- (with) nasci (to be born).
Earliest documented use: 1641

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets and villages.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson; Nature; 1836.

“Zyuganov had a connate sense of how to convince subjects.”
Jason Matthews; Red Sparrow; Simon & Schuster; 2013.

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