Word of the DayWednesday, November 26, 2014
\PAB-yuh-luhm\ , noun;
material for intellectual nourishment.
something that nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment.
He had two papers to provide for; papers diverse in character, papers published a hundred and fifty miles apart, papers to which expectant thousands looked for their weekly supply of mental pabulum.
-- James Parton, The Life of Horace Greeley, 1868
Their corrupting fantasies had deluded the entire educated caste, providing a dangerous pabulum that had poisoned a spoon-fed intelligentsia.
-- J.G. Ballard, Millennium People, 2003
Pabulum is dervied from the Latin verb pāscere meaning "to feed." The suffix -bulum is used in formation of instrumental nouns. Pabulum entered English in the mid-1600s.
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