February 04, 2018
salvage (verb)
\SAL-vij\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: rescue or save especially from wreckage or ruin
How do you use it?
"At dawn, still in her nightgown, Esperanza went out among the rubble. Avoiding the smoldering piles, she picked through the black wood, hoping to find something to salvage." (Pam Muñoz Ryan, _Esperanza Rising_)
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Which one of these word groups do you think entered English at about the same time as "salvage"?

The mid-1600s was a time of scientific inquiry and saw the introduction of some notable words relating to science. These include "eardrum," the membrane that separates the outer and middle ear and carries sound waves to the middle ear, and the force of attraction that tends to draw particles together that's known as "gravitation." The adjective "undersea" also points to a sense of exploring new horizons. Meanwhile, wealthy people could pet a "lapdog," while wearing "plush" clothing, and having their portrait painted in "profile," besides managing to "supervise" a team of servants.
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