National Geographic : 1932 Sep
AMBITIOUS Going About for Votes Even in ancient Rome the candidates for public office went around soliciting votes. This activity was denoted by the word ambitio "a going around" especially applied to candidates for office in Rome who went around to solicit votes. Ambitio was derived from ambire "to go about," which in turn was formed from ambi, in the sense of "about" and ire "to go." Since this activity in dicated a desire for honor or power, the word ambitio, came to mean the desire for official honors. This word and its meaning were taken into French and then Eng lish as ambition, but its meaning later broadened to de note the earnest desire for achievement of any kind. There are thousands of such stories about the origins of English words in The "Supreme Authority" WEBSTER'S NEW INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY " Not only do these word stories make the most interesting reading, but to know them will give you an effective ness in speaking and writing that can come in no other way. The Merriam 1B Webster gives you the whole word S power of the English language. It is B a library in one volume, its type matter equivalent to a 15-volume i encyclopedia. Its encyclopedic in formation makes it a general ques Stion-answerer on all subjects. In Sits 2,700 pages there are 452,000 entries, including thou sands of new words, 12,000 bio graphical entries, 32,000 geograph ical subjects, 100 valuable tables, over 6,000 illustrations. SEE IT AT YOUR BOOKSTORE Remember: A Merriam-Webster appears on the cover of every dictionary for which G. & C. Merriam Company is editorially responsible. Send For Free Booklet of Word Stories An interesting illustrated booklet of fascinating stories about the origins of words will be sent you free on request, with full information about The Merriam-Webster. Just mail coupon. G. &SC. MERRIAM CO., Springfield, Mass. G. & C. MERRIAM CO., Springfield, Mass. Please send me free your booklet "Interesting Origins of English Words" and full information about Webster's New International Dictionary. (Natl. Geog. 9-32) Name Street and Number I City - _State- I Copyright 1932 by G. &C . Merriam Company ----------- ------ Now she enjoys the drink she loves THERE are a lot of things you have to give up when you get to be a grand mother. But when you love good coffee, the way I do, you won't give it up till the last minute. Of course, I'd heard that caffeine wreaks greater harm when you get older, but it wasn't till I began losing half a night's sleep that I finally gave in. And I never missed anything so much. But now I drink all the coffee I want, because I learned about Kellogg's Kaffee Hag Coffee. I've never felt better or slept better in my life. And the really big surprise to me is its wonderful flavor. Kaffee Hag Coffee is guaranteed to be pure coffee, 97% free of caffeine and with the indigestible wax removed. You can drink it at any hour and feel safe from a sleepless night or overwrought nerves. Yet it brings you all of coffee's magic cheer and aroma. Roasted by Kellogg in Battle Creek. Money refunded if it doesn't entirely sat isfy you. Reduced in price. Quality guaranteed.