Sunday, December 13, 2015

Word of the day: marshal

The word of the day is marshal:
  1. to arrange in proper order; set out in an orderly manner; arrange clearly: to marshal facts; to marshal one's arguments.
  2. to array, as for battle.
  3. to usher or lead ceremoniously: Their host marshaled them into the room.
  4. Heraldry. to combine (two or more coats of arms) on a single escutcheon.
early 13c., from O.Fr. mareschal, originally "stable officer, horse tender, groom" (Frankish L. mariscaluis) from Frank. *marhskalk, lit. "horse-servant" (cf. O.H.G. marahscalc "groom"), from P.Gmc. *markhaz "horse" (see mare (1)) + *skalkaz "servant" (cf. Du. schalk "rogue, wag," Goth. skalks "servant"). Cognate with O.E. horsþegn. For development history, cf. constable. The verb "to arrange for fighting" is from 1580s. 


"In this book I tend to marshal terms like 'king' and 'nation' rather than 'chief' and 'tribe.'"

 - Charles Mann, 1493: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

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