“Curate” is a curious word.  According to the 1888 edition of Chambers’s Eymological Dictionary, the word comes from the Latin cura, to care.  We have used the term to apply to “inferior clergymen” (how is it the people who do the hardest work are considered to be inferior?); to one who handles art, music and books of infinitesimal quantities and values; to one who cares for anything in a superintendent’s capacity.

Curating an art show is, in itself, a type of art.  Arranging finger-paintings on the refrigerator is, apparently, not curating.

“Curate” is not the same as “curator”.  Curating an entire parish is not an enviable job.  Curating an entire library of ancient books is an enviable job.

…and to think I teach this language for a living…

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