Word Origin Comics: Thoroughbred or Mutt? Your Family's Lineage Finally Laid Bare

Take pride in your lineage? All well and fine to honor those on whose shoulders you stand. But let's not get carried away with it. As Neil DeGrasse Tyson noted, "If you need to invoke your academic pedigree or job title for people to believe what you say, then you need a better argument.

The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee;
A clover, any time, to him
Is aristocracy.
--- Emily Dickinson

Pedigree, whether familial or academic, has more to do with perceived worth than with reality. Investigate its actual worth in the few well described lines which follow.


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