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05 November 2013 @ 11:16 pm
Word of the day - rubric  
For my C&I geeky friends...

rubric  \ROO-brik\  noun
1 : a rule especially for the conduct of a liturgical service
2 : heading, title; also : class, category
3 : an explanatory or introductory commentary; specifically : an editorial interpolation
4 : a guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects, or tests

Did you know?
Centuries ago, whenever manuscript writers inserted special instructions or explanations into a book, they put them in red ink to set them off from the black used in the main text. (They used the same practice to highlight saints' names and holy days in calendars, a practice which gave us the term "red-letter day.") Ultimately, such special headings or comments came to be called "rubrics," a term that traces back to "ruber," the Latin word for "red." While the printing sense remains in use today, "rubric" also has an extended sense referring to any class or category under which something is organized.
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