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Which is correct?
The new employee was ________ to agree to the assignment, which she considered infra dig.
Infra dig is derived from the Latin infra dignitatem meaning beneath (one’s) dignity.
I feel honor-bound to admit that I’ve never really known what that phrase meant. It came to me in Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day newsletter — my favorite one (after our own Word of the Day, of course). Here’s their example sentence:
“Among artists lithography was infra dig by the 1870′s — because commercial illustrators had discovered it was a perfect printing medium for glaring posters.” (D. J. R. Bruckner, The New York Times, December 20, 1998)
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