Today’s word of the day is tutelage, T-U-T-E-L-A-G-E. Tutelage is a noun that means guiding influence. The Latin word tueri (too AIR ee) means to guard. But as often happens to words of ancient origin, its meaning shifted over time, and words derived from tueri came to refer to a teacher or guiding influence. That’s how we get words like tutor and tuition. It’s also how being ‘under someone’s tutelage’ often refers to a teacher of some sort. After years under Miss Loenstein’s tutelage, I could finally master the basics of concert flute. I couldn’t imagine any other teacher being as helpful. Once again, tutelage is T-U-T-E-L-A-G-E.