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word du jour: EFFIGY

Main Entry: ef·fi·gy Pronunciation: \ˈe-fə-jē\ Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural ef·fi·gies Etymology: Middle French effigie, from Latin effigies, from effingere to form, from ex- + fingere to shape — more at dough Date: 1539 : an image or representation especially … Continue reading

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word du jour: DEBAUCHERY

I feel that Merriam Webster is the ultimate resource for definitons, so once again I rely on them for my word of the day:  DEBAUCHERY Main Entry: de·bauch·ery Pronunciation: \di-ˈbȯ-chə-rē, -chrē, -ˈbä-\ Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural de·bauch·er·ies Date: 1642 … Continue reading

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word du jour: DECIDUOUS

I always like to include the Merriam Webster definition of my word du jour, and today’s word is DECIDUOUS: Main Entry: de·cid·u·ous Pronunciation: \di-ˈsi-jə-wəs, -jü-əs\ Function: adjective Etymology: Latin deciduus, from decidere to fall off, from de- + cadere to … Continue reading

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word du jour: COCK

According to Merriam Webster, there are many definitions for COCK. Main Entry: 1cock Pronunciation: \ˈkäk\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English cok, from Old English cocc, of imitative origin Date: before 12th century 1 a : the adult male of the … Continue reading

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word du jour: BUCOLIC

I’ve often seen this word when real estate agents describe the properties they are trying to sell and wondered what the actual definition of BUCOLIC was.  From Merriam Webster online: Main Entry: bu·col·ic Pronunciation: \byü-ˈkä-lik\ Function: adjective Etymology: Latin bucolicus, … Continue reading

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word du jour: AGNOSTIC

According to Merriam Webster the definition of AGNOSTIC is very simple: Main Entry: 1ag·nos·tic Pronunciation: \ag-ˈnäs-tik, əg-\ Function: noun Etymology: Greek agnōstos unknown, unknowable, from a- + gnōstos known, from gignōskein to know — more at know Date: 1869 1 : … Continue reading

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word du jour: Knocked-Up

According to Merriam Webster’s learner’s dictionary (and everyone else in this country besides Todd Palin) “knocked-up” means PREGNANT not RAPED: knock up [phrasal verb] 1 knock (someone) up or knock up (someone) informal a chiefly US impolite : to make … Continue reading

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