Wondrous Words #162
Thanks for stopping by to check on the new-to-me words I found this week. No new words from books this week, but I found a very interesting one while reading a New York Times article. The article was Let’s Go Reading In the Car by Judith Shulevitz. I came across this new word:
“Fire was precious because it flushed animals out of the brush, then made it possible for people to cook them. Campfires had to be guarded, which made them like “nests” and made us feel safe enough to be “eusocial” or altruistic. Sounds plausible to me.”
At first I thought the writer was making up a new word. From the context, the author seems ro imply that the word is the same as altruistic. Someone who is altruistic is a person who has selfless concern for the well-being of others. Eusocial (pronounced yoōˈsō sh əl) is an adjective seen in the work of zoologists and sociologists. It means there is an advanced level of social organization, in which a single female or caste produces the offspring and nonreproductive individuals cooperate in caring for the young. A good example can be seen in a bee colony.
That’s all for this week. Wondrous Words Wednesday is the creation of Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Be sure to visit her for more new words.