Word of the Week: ex cathedra

Howdy, Word Nerds! Last week’s WOW (Word of the Week) was diapason. The father-in-law set me straight on this one–I knew I had seen it before! (If I had remembered the days when I sat beside my mom as she played the church pipe organ, it would have dawned on me!)

According to Merriam-Webster Online, diapason actually has several meanings:

  1. a) a burst of sound

    b)  the principal foundation stop in the organ extending through the complete range of the instrument

    c) :  the entire compass of musical tones

  2.  range or scope

  3. a) tuning fork

    b)  a standard of pitch

Today’s WOW is actually composed of two parts, but is listed as one word in the dictionary. Here are my guesses for ex cathedra:

ex cathedra (eks-kə-ˈthē-drə) 1. a former cathedral 2. the relief of a hospital patient after a catheter is removed *cough* 3. when you finally quit being obsessed by Cathy comic strips

What is your guess for ex cathedra? Post a comment below to let me know!

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  1. April 4th, 2016 | John Arnold says:

    “from the chair” An official pronouncement by the Pope which is believed by the faithful to be without error,and becomes Catholic doctrine

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