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[word-lover] 【整理】2015-06-12 How to Use a Word

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[Homework]2015-06-12 How to Use a Word

Today's word is jeopardy, spelled J-E-O-P-A-R-D-Y.

Jeopardy is a noun that means exposure to death, loss, or injury, danger. It can also mean the danger that an accused person is subjected to when on trial for a criminal offense. Here is the word used in a sentence by John Napolitano in Accounting Today.

Unless they have already accumulated substantial wealth, retirees typically are anxious to know how much they can afford to spend without putting the latter end of their retirement years in financial jeopardy.

Centuries ago, the Old French term jeuparti didn't mean danger but rather an alternative or, literally, a divided game. That French expression was used for anything that represented an alternative viewpoint or gave two opposing viewpoints. Jeuparti passed into Anglo-French, and from there it was borrowed into Middle English and respelled jeopardie. At first, the English word was used to refer to the risks associated with alternative moves in the game of chess. Almost immediately, however, the term came to be used more generally in the risk or danger sense that it has today.

I'm Peter Sokolowski with your Word of the Day.

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