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Friday, September 23, 2005

modicum

\MOD-ih-kum\ , noun;
1.
A small or moderate or token amount.
Quotes:
Abraham Lincoln's childhood education, conducted almost entirely by himself, with only a modicum of schooling, is one of the most familiar stories in American history.
-- Douglas L. Wilson, Honor's Voice
Ruth worked in the sociology department which had a garden in an internal courtyard that gave the place a modicum of charm.
-- Gillian Slovo, Every Secret Thing
While he derived a modicum of pleasure from his son's rambunctiousness, he was also disturbed by it.
-- Jonah Raskin, For the Hell of It
Origin:
Modicum is from Latin modicus, moderate, from modus, measure.
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