Thursday, February 25, 2010

English language word of the week: Amanuensis

Main Entry: aman·u·en·sis
Pronunciation: \ə-ˌman-yə-ˈwen(t)-səs\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural aman·u·en·ses \-(ˌ)sēz\
Etymology: Latin, from (servus) a manu slave with secretarial duties
Date: 1619
: one employed to write from dictation or to copy what another has written.

Pat Hackett acted as amanuensis to Andy Warhol. This is how the AW Diaries and Popism were written.

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