Monday, October 11, 2010

Word For The Day: inculcate

inculcate - inn-kull-kate - verb: 1) to instill an attitude, idea, or habit by persistent instruction, frequent repetitions or admonitions, as in "the failure of churches to inculcate a sense of moral responsibility, not only in their flock but in their leaders, is hard to understand". 2) to teach someone an attitude, idea, or habit by such instruction, as in "teachers will try to inculcate you with a love of learning".  Etymology:  from the Latin inculcatus, past participle of inculcare, literally "to tread on", from in- and calcare to trample (from calc-, calx "heel").  The first known use of inculcate was in 1539.  Ever felt "tread upon" in school?