qua
prep. In the capacity or character of; as

This is officially the coolest word I’ve learned in a long time. I’ve always had a tendency to talk about—for instance—Death As Abstract, but have never been sure of the canonical way to write it, such as the capitalization of “As,” or the possible hyphenation of the whole phrase. That was until I learned “qua,” which is the academic way of referring to a subject as something else.

It’s not a ten-dollar word, but it’s a handy little addition to any vocabulary.

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