Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Word For The Moment: Miscegenation

As defined in Dictionary.com:
mis·ceg·e·na·tion [mi-sej-uh-ney-shuhn, mis-i-juh-] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
1. marriage or cohabitation between a man and woman of different races, esp., in the U.S., between a black and a white person.
2. interbreeding between members of different races.
3. the mixing or a mixture of races by interbreeding.
[Origin: irreg. < L miscé(re) to mix + gen(us) race, stock, species + -ation; allegedly coined by U.S. journalist David Goodman Croly (1829–89) in a pamphlet published anonymously in 1864]

From Paul Jenkins at The Huffington Post.