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2023-08-31 13:00 作者: 来源: 本站 浏览: 17 views Make a Comment 字号:

摘要: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 31, 2023 is: pundit • \PUN-dit\  • ...

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 31, 2023 is:

pundit • \PUN-dit\  • noun

A pundit is someone who is usually considered an expert on a particular subject and who shares their opinion on that subject in a public setting (such as a television or radio program).

// Grandpa likes watching liberal and conservative pundits spar about the issues of the day on the Sunday morning talk shows.

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Examples:

“… the family film quickly fell flat at the box office in the latest blow for the storied animation studio. Many pundits worry that original animated IP [intellectual property] is no longer a theatrical proposition.” — Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 June 2023

Did you know?

It’s no hot take to say that the original pundits were highly learned scholars and teachers in India; it’s just a statement of fact. Our English word pundit comes from the Hindi word paṇḍit, a term of respect (and sometimes an honorary title) for a wise person, especially one with knowledge of philosophy, religion, and law; its ultimate source is the Sanskrit word paṇḍita, meaning “learned.” English speakers have used pundit to refer to sages of India since the 1600s, but as is typically done with English, they eventually pushed the word into new semantic territory. By the late 1800s, pundit could also refer to a member of what is sometimes called the commentariat or punditocracy—that is, the collective group of political commentators, financial analysts, and newspaper columnists often paid to share their views on a variety of subjects.



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