Friday, April 4, 2008

Words I'm Looking Up (One in an occasional, cleverly named series on words I'm looking up)


Came across it used curiously in a Los Angeles Times blurb about the search for an AIDS vaccine:
AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein says vaccine
research beggars known, effective treatments for HIV-positive people.

I had to stare at that for quite some time to realize beggars wasn't functioning as a noun.

Per American Heritage Dictionary (via

beggar: tr. v.

1. To make a beggar of; impoverish. 2. To exceed the limits, resources, or capabilities of: beauty that beggars description.

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