Word of the day

Should this be a thing? A trend? Should I create a new goal for myself: learn a new word every day (maybe not)/ month (possible)/ other?

Anyway, the other day I was reading a biography and stumbled over this verb:

To Lionize

Well. Who knew?!

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Namibia, 2009

It means “To treat as an object of great interest or importance”, “to assign great social importance to”, “to treat someone as a celebrity” and was apparently used for the first time in 1809, by Scott and preserving lion in the sense of “person of note who is much sought-after” (1715). Seems as it was originally in reference to the lions formerly kept in the Tower of London, objects of general curiosity and seen by all (as seen in this site).

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