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  • The term "soroptimist" was coined from the Latin soror, meaning sister, and optima, meaning best.

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  • A sign outside Kenton informed us that the road was kept clean by the local soroptimist club.

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  • J-List Side Blog: '"I'm also a Soroptimist," she proudly told me. This word was unfamiliar to me, so I asked her what it meant, and I'll never forget the look of shock on her face. How could I, a native speaker of English, not know this word? Didn't every speaker of English know every word? Getting over her surprise, she explained about the Soroptimist Society, an international organization that works to improve the lives of women around the world...'

    soroptimistinternational.org/html/history.html: 'The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, and optima meaning best. Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as 'the best for women'.'

    Given the usual meaning of optimism it's not altogether obvious.

    February 1, 2008