Jul 9, 2007

Rapid Rhetoric: KARROO

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Raphael's depiction of Plato defining the difference between true and false rhetoric This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

karroo (kah-ROO) n. a semiarid, terrace-like plateau found in regions of South Africa.

The term "karroo" can also be used as a proper noun. Karoo regions of South Africa are divided into the North Karroo - which is along the Orange River - the Great Karroo, and the Little Karroo, which is near the Atlantic coast.

The word karroo is derived from the Khoi word karusa, meaning "dry" or "barren."

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

*mentally re-thinking a story I've read*

I thought it was the name of a specific place; perhaps it's both?