Wednesday’s Word of the Week

Posted on: February 26, 2014



peruse, v.
“trans. To examine in detail; to scrutinize, inspect, survey, oversee; to consider, to take heed of….to look over briefly or superficially; to browse.”1

The professor wanted her class to peruse the material, but she knew that they would likely just peruse it. 

Did you know that peruse is a janus word? Other examples of janus words are weather, sanction, and left.

1“peruse, v.”. OED Online. December 2013. Oxford University Press. 24 February 2014 <>.

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