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Word of the Day: class

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Today’s class begins in the early days of Rome, known as the Regal Period. The Servian Constitution divided Rome’s citizens into six divisions based on wealth. Each division was called a classis in Latin. The top ranking was called classicus. Literature for the high class was called classical. In the 19th century, the musical period ranging from Bach to Beethoven was called classical to establish it as the most serious form of music. Rome’s classes were formed based on societal rungs. Today a class is a group of students learning the same subject. Even outside school, the tiny newspaper ads are grouped by category, so they’re called classifieds. But what’s in there certainly isn’t classified information.

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