Ostracize — began with potsherds

June 15th   2019 ___ Ostracize literally means to ‘vote out.’ It derives from the Greek ostrakizein, that means to banish by voting with potsherds. Yes, potsherds, or broken pottery — ostraka in Greek. The act of ostracizing originated in Athens. Each year at an annual assembly Athenians were asked if they wanted to hold an “ostracism.” If they did, …

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