What is the Daily Buzzword for September 10?
libel \LYE-bul\ noun
What does it mean?
1 : something spoken, written, or drawn that injures a
person's good name
2 : the act or crime of publishing a libel
How do you use it?
The actress alleged that the scandalous libel published in the
tabloid ruined her career.
Are you a word wiz?
At the root of "libel" is the Latin word "liber." What do you
think "liber" means?
No harm done if you picked C. The ancient Romans originally
used "liber" for the inner bark of a tree. Because they used
the bark to write on, "liber" came to mean a written
document. After papyrus replaced bark, "liber" was used to
refer to papyrus scrolls, or "books." The French adopted a
form of "liber" to mean "little book," and English speakers
borrowed the French word as "libel." Later, "libel" was used
for handbills and leaflets. Because such leaflets were a
popular means of spreading unflattering statements about
famous people, the meaning of "libel" extended to such
stories and to the act of writing them.
And I who had learned that libel is written and slander is spoken. What's going on?