I was reading a story in my local newspaper today, and the word “precedence” caught my interest, and I began to wonder whether or not the word was being correctly used.
“ ‘Year after year, the top reported expenditures usually top out at $1 million or $1.3 million. This is without precedence, from what I have seen.’ ”
Rich Robinson, in a story, “Maroun has spent $5M on TV ads”, by Dave Battagello, The Windsor Star, Tuesday, September 20, 2011.
Define the words “precedence”.
Define the word “precedent”.
What part of speech is each word?
Explain the differences in meaning between the words “precedence” and “precedent”.
Create your own sentences using “precedence” and “precedent” in a manner that shows the slightly different meanings of the words.
The word for today is “anodyne”.
What part of speech is “anodyne”?
Define “anodyne” and use it in a sentence.