Words To Bring Back: “Cubit”

– Definition: n. A unit of measurement; the distance between one’s elbow and middle-fingertip (approximately 18 inches)

– Used in a sentence: My cat is almost exactly two cubits long, including his tail.

– Why: Sure, we could always double the distance and call it “a yard” — but cubit is more organic, deriving as it does from our bodies. And I think measuring the Universe using our bodies is both a good metaphor and a fine aspiration.

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