Transpire – to occur; happen; take place – to be revealed or become known.
Transpiration – (Botany) – the passage of water through a plant from the roots through the vascular system to the atmosphere. – to occur; happen; take place – to be revealed or become known.
Just as in the passage of water through a plant, we humans pass through many stages and travel many roads on our journeys. Here then is a place to list our achievements, great and small, on the road we share that some call “life’s highway.”
From its earlier literal sense “to escape as vapor” transpire came to mean “to escape from concealment, become known” in the 18th century. Somewhat later, it developed the meaning “to occur, happen,” a sentence such as He was not aware of what had transpired yesterday being taken to mean He was not aware of what had happened yesterday. In spite of two centuries of use in all varieties of speech and writing, this now common meaning is still objected to by some on the grounds that it arose from a misapprehension of the word’s true meaning.
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