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Word of the Day: collect

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Collect seems to be a logical word for picking the odds and ends you like and hanging on to them. It’s a pairing of Latin words meaning “to gather together.” That’s pretty much what collecting still is. But in Christianity, Collect began as a short but formal prayer, said before the epistle each morning. Today collect means hanging on to items and also gathering money in a central place, like collecting taxes. From this collect in the financial world, you might call collect from a phone booth when you don’t have a dime to your name. Well, not so much any more. But surely you’ll recollect doing that 20 years ago.

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