Sunday, March 08, 2015

Random Sequence: indite

"There happened to be no one in the office but the [telegraph] operator, who was a stranger to her, and gathering courage from her success thus far, Maggie sat down at a table and tried to compose her thoughts sufficiently to indite a message."
--Marion Harland, "Nobody to Blame", Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine, April 1864

(I found a bound copy of several issues of Godey's in my basement and have been flipping through the dusty pages.)

indite (verb) = to write or dictate. It's pronounced exactly like "indict". I'm guessing these are related words. You do have to indite to indict.

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