I was writing something and instinctively spelled 'exorbitant' with an h (exhorbitant <cringe>). Like "exhort." Luckily, I checked before sending and discovered my mistake. I consider myself a very good, but imperfect, speller, and I wanted to get to the bottom of my mistake.exorbitant (adj.) mid-15c., a legal term, "deviating from rule or principle, eccentric;" from L. exorbitantem (nom. exorbitans), prp. of exorbitare "deviate, go out of the track," from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + orbita "wheel track" (see orb). Sense of "excessive, immoderate" is from 1620s; of prices, rates, etc., from 1660s.http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=exorbitantAha--out of the orb, I can remember that!Not to be confused with the h-containing "exhort":exhortation (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. exhortacion and directly from L. exhortationem (nom. exhortatio) "an exhortation, encouragement," noun of action from pp. stem of exhortari, from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + hortari "encourage, urge" (see hortatory).http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=exhortation&all...=alstro, grateful to my 8th grade English teacher, who turned me on to etymology. We were each assigned a word to investigate, and I was lucky enough to find a fanciful explanation of 'falsehood' (something about impersonating a practitioner of a false Medieval occupation by donning a "false hood"!).
Since they're pronounced nearly alike I often have to stop and think before writing either exhortation or exultation, and make sure I have the correct word.~aj
'falsehood' (something about impersonating a practitioner of a false Medieval occupation by donning a "false hood"!). Love it!!!Happy Day of Giving Thanks, everyone!!sheila
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