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Word of the Week--"minute"
Definition: Minute- geom (symbol') a unit of angular measurement equal to one sixtieth of a degree; 60 seconds
 
 
Discussion-- We live in a society that places tremendous importance on time. Although time is an abstract concept, it has become an institution that exerts significant control on our lives. Our experiences are broken down and assigned to manageable segments of time. We recall major life events in terms of our age or specific days, months or years. Our typical workday is nine to five, the "dinner hour" is generally around six or seven o'clock in the evening, and our favorite television show comes on at eight, seven central. Indeed, time is a concept so ingrained in our culture that we rarely step back and think about it objectively.

The minute is one of our most basic units of time. We know that there are sixty of them in an hour, and fans of "Rent" may also know that there are 525,600 of them in a year.  

Etymology--Minute is derived from the Latin minutus for a small detail

The languages below show similar terms also derived from minutus.

   Foreign Translations
German:  minute (f)
Dutch:  minuut (de)
French:  minute (f)
Italian: minuto
Spanish: minuto

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