2.19.2010

Where Did "Ostracize" Originate?

When the ancient Greeks wanted to banish someone, they would vote by writing the potentially banished person's name on pieces of pottery called "ostrakons".

And that's how we get the word:

Ostracize: verb, to exclude from a group by common consent.

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3 comments:

  1. Where'd you get the idea for this? :)

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  2. It's just something I heard about two dozen times over the past few weeks. ;)

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