Word of the Day – 27 Oct 2011


beginner’s luck

 

PRONUNCIATION:
(bi-GIN-uhrs luk) 

 

MEANING:
noun: The initial good fortune supposedly enjoyed by a novice in a game or another activity.

 

ETYMOLOGY:
The counterintuitive phenomenon of a novice having success in an activity has been called beginner’s luck. It may simply be confirmation bias: one remembers hits, but ignores misses. Earliest documented use: 1897.

 

USAGE:
“Rookie paddlers will then see if they can dial into beginner’s luck, and win a race while they’re at it.”
Patrick Witwicki; Rainbow Warriors Challenge Paddlers; Muskeg News (Canada); May 25, 2011.

 

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or a new thing in an old way. -Richard Harding Davis, journalist and author (1864-1916)

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