Weird Word: Docent

by on Sep.30, 2013, under Articles, Free Write, Writing

Docent

Adjective

  • Instructive; that teaches.

Noun

  • A teacher or lecturer at some American colleges or universities.
  • A tour guide at a museum, art gallery, historical site, etc.

Other Forms:

  • docents

Example Usage:

It was a docent chip that one inserted directly into the port installed directly behind the ear which allowed the brain direct access to nearly all the information stored on it.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

Also a Dutch, Polish, and Swedish word, chiefly in the noun form but with the same meaning, except for the tour guide, which is apparently U.S. exclusive. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard this word with my own ears but I feel like it has significant potential, like the example usage, for adjective based descriptions of futuristic technologies. At least I hope so, as I’d prefer a future with more education than one with less.

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