Today’s word: Dexterous (adjective): Dek-ster-uss) Skillful
The word Dexterous originates from the Latin word for “right”–as the majority of people are right-handed and hold skill in their right hand.
I picked today’s word not for its unfamiliarity–as we are all most familiar with this word–but because I wondered if the author of Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay, picked the name “Dexter” purposefully to show that killing serial killers is right. It’s a play of words and the meaning of right is exchanged to mean “Justified.”
However being that the definition of Dexterous is skillful, it’s no wonder the blood splatter analyst–by adhering to The Code to keep him from getting caught by gathering undeniable proof of his victim’s guilt–excels at both jobs as Dexter is a self-justified and skillful killer of serial killers.
Dexter begins its 8th Showtime season in June 2013.
I love words! And I love to read! So each Wednesday I’m going to grab an unfamiliar or unusual word I’ve discovered and post the meaning. Definitions and further explanations can be found at Merriam-Webster.com/dictionary/
Happy Reading, Cyndi