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Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Today's Word I Hate To Say is Rubric!

Merriam-Webster Dictionary - Rubric

noun ru·bric \ˈrü-brik, -ˌbrik\

Full Definition of RUBRIC
a :  an authoritative rule; especially :  a rule for conduct of a liturgical service
   b (1) :  name, title; specifically :  the title of a statute (2) :  something under which a thing is      classed :      category <the sensations falling under the general rubric, “pressure” — F. A. Geldard>
   c :  an explanatory or introductory commentary :  gloss; specifically :  an editorial interpolation

2:  a heading of a part of a book or manuscript done or underlined in a color (as red) different from the rest

3:  an established rule, tradition, or custom

4:  a guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects, or tests

— rubric or ru·bri·cal \-bri-kəl\ adjective
— ru·bri·cal·ly \-bri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of RUBRIC
Middle English rubrike red ocher, heading in red letters of part of a book, from Anglo-French, from Latin rubrica, from rubr-, ruber red

First Known Use: 14th century

It is hard to imagine a person who, having been a college professor, would hate this word Rubric.  Well, I am just such a person!  

The word Rubric to me sounds like someone who is stuttering over the word Rubik - which we all know is that frustrating 6-sided, 9-tiled cube from our childhood.  That is really the point it think... when I was a child, I had never heard of the word Rubric, but I was very familiar with the word, puzzle, and game Rubik!  So, for what it worth, I will take my Rubik cube and you can have my Rubric!

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