PERNICIOUS [per-NISH-uhs]: ruinous; injurious; hurtful

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There are few words that send chills up your spine just by being spoken.  But pernicious is one of those words. The Online Etymology Dictionary tells us that it is a word that dates back to  16th century Old French and even earlier in Latin which means death or murder.   Just knowing that is enough […]

PERNICIOUS [per-NISH-uhs] : deadly, harmful,

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The word pernicious came into my vocabulary associated with the disease pernicious anemia, a gastric malady having to do with the loss of vitamin B12 and its effect on the gastric system.  For some reason, I picked up this word in my childhood, probably having heard it applied to someone I knew.  I think it […]