Marginalia - #457


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Dec 20 2018 15
Today’s word of the day is marginalia, M-A-R-G-I-N-A-L-I-A. Marginalia is a noun that means nonessential items. You probably recognize the word margin, a word that, when used figuratively, may refer to a line that separates inclusion and exclusion from a group. Think of marginalia as the place someone or something winds up after being marginalized. President Arthur was a figure of enormous importance. That’s why it pains me to see historians relegate his contributions to marginalia. Once again, marginalia is spelled M-A-R-G-I-N-A-L-I-A.