WORD for the WISE

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<strong>Word to the Wise: Ostensible</strong>

Something that’s <em>”ostensible” </em>(ah-STEN-suh-bul) – from the Latin for “to show” – appears to be true, but is not necessarily so.

Example (as used in an article in The Economist): “After an epidemic of yellow fever in 1798, in which coffins had been sold by itinerant vendors on street corners, [Aaron] Burr established the Manhattan Company, with the <em>ostensible </em>aim of bringing clean water to the city from the Bronx River but in fact designed as a front for the creation of New York’s second bank, rivalling [Alexander] Hamilton’s Bank of New York.”

~ by thebabyboomerqueen on July 21, 2007.

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