Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Big Word Wednesday

This Wednesday's word is another that rolls nicely off the tongue: autochthonous. Adjective. "Native to the place inhabited; indigenous. Originating in the place where found. Used of a disease originating in the part of the body where found, or of a disease acquired in the place where the patient is."

Apparently, one can use it and synonyms autochthonic and autochthonal interchangeably.

Last week: idiolect.