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Berlin’s engrossing book offers a corrective to the regnant great man theory of technological progress, of which the virtuosic Steve Jobs is exhibit A.
The regnant medium in the pop and R&B markets until musicians copped to Sinatra, Sam Cooke, and Ray Charles’ jive and fiddled with concepts and such, the single devolved into a means to an end during the High Reagan era.
Misguided proposals for Making the United Kingdom Great Again should be opposed, but their mental and material roots — the regnant forces of reaction — need to be understood.
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The etymology of regnant is fairly straightforward: English speakers borrowed the word sometime around 1600 from Latin. Regnant is derived from the Latin verb regnare, meaning "to reign." Regnare, in turn, traces back to the noun regnum, meaning "reign," which derives from rex, the Latin word for "king." Other descendants of regnum include interregnum ("a period between two successive reigns or regimes"), regnal ("of or relating to a king or his reign"), and even reign itself.
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