However, this concept of ancestry does not apply to some bacteria and other organisms capable of horizontal gene transfer. Some research suggests that the average person has twice as many female ancestors as male ancestors. This might have been due to the past prevalence of polygynous relations and female hypergamy.

You can see this verb’s slide into oblivion on the Google frequency chart below. The apparent post-2000 uptick is due to dictionaries and recent editions of 19th-century books being loaded onto Google Books. It is clear that the verb “forbear” is in its death throes.

By 16, she’d met blues great Ma Rainey and begun traveling with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, a touring variety show that played to rural populations of the South and Midwest. By 24, Smith had lit out as a solo act — based in Atlanta and attaching herself to other traveling shows and entertainments. It was a risk for a single woman — even Ma Rainey had a husband who traveled with her. But Smith had the moxie of a female Jack Johnson — never too shy to beat the feathers out of someone, anyone. While other singers sidled up to a blues — insinuating, cajoling and even whispering to convey a point — Smith launched something like a St. Crispin’s Day attack on all 12 bars . In her phrasing, embellishments and even her breaths, she was communicating the kind of outward urgency and inner stillness that often signals the telling of an absolute truth.

Consequently, we would expect to find left-cerebral control of vocalization, but not right-handedness, in the earlier hominids or their primate forebears. The sudden emotions of his Gallic forebears swept through him. The robust blood of her French Canadian forebears was quickening to the call of the trail. Since many families masiquest will be gathering for the holiday, it’s a perfect time to create a family tree. My forebears were enslaved and brought to this country. If successful, The Mayflower Autonomous Ship, named in honor of its famous nautical forebearer and known as MAS for short, will be the first such trans-Atlantic voyage by an autonomous vessel.

It seems more than coincidence that Smith finished her last-ever recordings on a Friday in November 1933 and, on the following Monday, a then-unknown Billie Holiday entered the same New York studio to make her first recordings. Holiday counted Smith as an important musical inspiration. The blues come “from the man farthest down,” said W.C. Handy, who wrote “St. Louis Blues” and so many others.

Some cultures confer reverence to ancestors, both living and dead; in contrast, some more youth-oriented cultural contexts display less veneration of elders. In other cultural contexts, some people seek providence from their deceased ancestors; this practice is sometimes known as ancestor worship or, more accurately, ancestor veneration. And forbearis perhaps easy to remember if you keep in mind that its corresponding noun isforbearance. Forebearance, with theein the first syllable,is not a dictionary-recognized word, so it doesn’t pass spell check.

Call your servicer and let them know your situation immediately. Ask them what “forbearance” or “hardship” options may be available. Put simply, at a broad level our expectations are different from those of our forebears.

I think it’s in its death throes too, as I hear and see many such statements as “I want to lay down;” “I laid down”; “The answer lays in the future.” DisclaimerAll content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. Look up any word in the dictionary offline, anytime, anywhere with the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary app.