Word of the Day: sake

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February 8, 2016
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Young Woman Driver Yelling and Shaking her Wrist out Car Window.
For Pete’s sake, don’t just stand there! Drive!
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Sake is a noun that means either ‘purpose’ or ‘benefit.’ It is used in the expressions “for something’s sake,” or “for someone’s sake.” It is also used in the expressions “for the sake of something” or “for the sake of someone.”

Example sentences

  • Robert thinks we should all support the army for the sake of national security.
  • For her husband’s sake, Mary had to move across the country and start a new life.
  • For the sake of our marriage, we need to see a therapist.
Words often used with sake
for your own sake: to ensure you do not risk your well-being for someone or something else. Example: “I know you are busy at work, but you have to take some time off for your own sake.”
Did you know?
Sake is also used in the interjections “for God’s sake” or “for Christ’s sake,” which people use when they are annoyed or impatient about something or someone. These expressions are often considered impolite or vulgar, which is one reason some people prefer to say “for heaven’s sake” or “for goodness’ sake” instead. We also say “for Pete’s sake,” which is a general expression of frustration and is not about a person named Pete.
Other info
Sake (pronounced differently) is also a Japanese drink made from rice. Check out the full definition to find out more!
Origin
Sake dates back to before 900 and comes from the Old English word sacu, meaning ‘lawsuit’ or ’cause’; it is similar to the German word Sache, meaning ‘thing’ and the Old Norse word sǫk, meaning ‘lawsuit.’
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