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Word of the Week--"Orchestrate"
Definition--Orchestrate- v. 1. To plan, organize, and arrange in a way that best achieves desired results. 2. To compose or arrange music for an orchestra.

Discussion-- Do you remember the television show from the 1980's called The A-Team? It was a show about a small group (one of whom was Mr. T!) of former soldiers who are framed of a crime they did not commit. So, they run around the country in a black van with a red stripe on it and help other people defeat bad guys (although they themselves are fugitives from the law). Anyway, in the show the A-Team would always orchestrate these elaborate plans to get the bad guys, and it always involved building a cool car or tank, with duct tape being one of the main materials used. Well, inevitably, the A-Team always succeeded, at which point their leader, Hannibal, would say, "I love it when a plan comes together." Their plans always came together because they were beautifully orchestrated (and because they had Mr. T!). It really was a good show. At least, I thought so when I was ten.

The word orchestrate has as its root the word orchestra, which is a group of musicians that normally perform classical music. Orchestrate in this sense means to compose the music and to arrange it in a way that is most pleasing to the ear.

Etymology--Orchestrate-from orchestra, from Greek orchestra, the space where ancient Greek dancers performed in the Greek theater, from orcheisthai, to dance.

   Foreign Translations
Dutch:  orkestreren
French:  orchestrer
German:  orchestrieren
Italian:  orchestrieren
Spanish:  orquestrar, organizar, montar

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