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August 15, 2002

So, I’ve figured out what to do with my new, very own blog. I’ve chosen to keep it simple. I’m not yet sold on the name, though, since it doesn’t incorporate the word word anywhere in it. There is this neat little nugget in the title, though. Compare definition #1 with the word’s Latin root.

More as it comes to me.

gist (jist) n.

1. The central idea; the essence. See Synonyms at substance.
2. Law. The grounds for action in a suit.

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[From Anglo-Norman (cest action) gist, (this action) lies, third person singular of gesir, to lie, from Latin iacere.]

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