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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

cull

\kuhl\ , verb;
1.
to choose; select; pick.
2.
to gather the choice things or parts from.
3.
to collect; gather; pluck.
noun:
1.
act of culling.
2.
something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior.
Quotes:
...the more connections, the more chaos, and the harder it is to cull any meaning from the seas of signal.
-- David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, 1997
Call for our chiefest men of discipline, to cull the plots of best advantage.
-- William Shakespeare, King John, 1590s
Origin:
Cull entered English in the 1300s as a verb derived from the Latin colligere meaning "gather together" or "collect." It was another 300 years before the noun form of cull entered the language.
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