January 17, 2013
- utopia (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions2 : an impractical scheme for social improvement
- How do you use it?
- Employment, good nutrition, and housing for all citizens were among the suggestions made in Mr. Clark's class for what would make a utopia.
- Are you a word wiz?
Since at least as long ago as the time of ancient Greece, books have been written describing utopias. The author of one such book invented the word "utopia." Which one of these authors do you think was the inventor of the word?In 1516 Sir Thomas More, the English humanist and statesman, published his book titled _Utopia_. The second part of the book described an ideal society on an imaginary island off the coast of the New World. More knew that no such place could really exist, however, as suggested by the name "utopia," which he coined from the Greek "ou," meaning "no, not," and "topos," meaning "place." More's coinage has come to mean any place of ideal social perfection, and, as used by less optimistic people, can also mean unrealistic plans for bettering society.