Sonya asked about the
word verge. She came across it in an article discussing medical scientists on
the verge of discovering a cure for baldness.
It means a border or the
point at which something begins, especially as the distinctive line of
separation between one subject or phase and another.
It comes from the Latin virga, a rod, and how it got from rod to
border is a very interesting—if quirky—journey. The easiest way to describe the
transition is to chart its history as found in the Oxford English Dictionary.
organ of a crustacean
a type of
torch or candle
carried as a symbol of authority
subject to the jurisdiction of the Lord High Steward
limits, or precincts of a particular place
The words converge and diverge use the common point or border imagery.
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