Cultural Watch

Word of the Day – Myopic

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Myopic / mahy-op-ik, –oh-pik / adjective

DEFINITIONS

Unable or unwilling to act prudently; shortsighted.

CITATION

Science provides us with a new perspective on our place in the cosmos and a better understanding of ourselves as human beings. It helps us overcome our otherwise myopicpreconceptions about how the world works. LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS, “WHAT IS SCIENCE GOOD FOR?” THE NEW YORKER, APRIL 21, 2017

ORIGIN

Myopic ultimately comes from the Greek noun myōpía “nearsightedness,” which in Greek has no extended or metaphorical meaning. (The suffix –ic is English, not Greek, i.e., there is no Greek adjective myōpikós.) Myōpía is a compound formed of the verb mýein “to close the eyes or mouth,” which is close kin to the Latin mūtus “inarticulate, dumb, silent” (English mute). The same mýein appears in the noun mystḗrion“secret, secret rite” (English mystery) and its adjective mystikós “connected with the mysteries” (English mystic). The second element of myopia, –ōpía, is a combining form of ṓps (stem ōp-) “eye, face, countenance.” Myopic in its original sense entered English at the end of the 18th century; the sense “unable or unwilling to act prudently” developed in English at the end of the 19th century.

Source: https://www.dictionary.com/e/word-of-the-day/myopic-2019-03-11/