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* WORD A DAY *
Monday, July 2, 2007
Good morning and welcome to the month of July! It's time for
a brand new Reader's Digest word power quiz. This week's quiz
is called "Eureka!" Bright ideas depend above all on a strong
vocabulary to give them lasting brilliance. How many of the
following words light up your face with understanding?
1. resolve (n.) - A: self-reliance. B: willfulness.
C: determination. D: protest.
2. comprehend (v.) - A: to examine. B: puzzle over. C: grasp
mentally. D: consider.
3. premise (n.) - A: summary. B: pledge. C: proven fact.
4. demonstrable (adj.) - A: overwhelming. B: emotional.
C: showy. D: evident.
5. reflective (adj.) - A: thoughtful. B: slow. C: responsive.
6. plausible (adj.) - A: easily changed. B: seemingly true.
C: authoritative. D: effective.
7. scrutiny (n.) - A: angry glance. B: cleanliness. C: cau-
tion. D: close examination.
8. envision (v.) - A: to explain. B: remember. C: imagine.
9. affirmation (n.) - A: firmness. B: dissension. C: appro-
bation. D: confirmation.
10. practicable (adj.) - A: feasible. B: businesslike.
C: experimental. D: influential.
11. curriculum (n.) - A: scheme or method. B: courses of
study. C: end point. D: resource.
12. infrastructure (n.) - A: foundation. B: political action
committee. C: separation of powers. D: insiders' group.
13. initiate (v.) - A: to check off. B: review. C: begin.
D: be enthusiastic.
14. inference (n.) - A: concept. B: accusation. C: represen-
tation. D: reasoned conclusion.
15. optimal (adj.) - A: promising. B: best. C: not compul-
sory. D: harmless.
16. sagacious (adj.) - A: wise. B: heroic. C: fair-minded.
17. compensatory (adj.) - A: counterbalancing. B: regulated.
C: punishing. D: unjust.
18. impasse (n.) - A: impractical condition. B: confronta-
tion. C: bewilderment. D: stalemate.
19. probity (n.) - A: procedure. B: honesty. C: legislative
inquiry. D: self-righteousness.
20. lucid (adj.) - A: easily understood. B: colorful.
C: without sense. D: highly intelligent.
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WORD: proclivity pro-KLIV-i-tee (noun)
: A natural inclination; as, "he has a proclivity for
SYNONYMS: * tendency
WORD WISE: Proclivity comes from Latin proclivitas, from
proclivis, inclined, from pro-, forward + clivus, a slope.
QUOTE: "My flirtation with tennis excellence had way more to
do with the township where I learned and trained and with a
weird proclivity for intuitive math than it did with athletic
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BONUS WORD OF THE DAY: quorum KWOR-uhm (noun)
: Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is
legally competent to transact business.
: A select group.
Fifteenth century. From Latin, literally "of whom," from the
words used in requests for people to serve on committees.
OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS
1) transpicuous tran spikyoo ess (adjective)
: easily understood or seen through
Mid-17th century, formed from modern Latin transpicuus,
from Latin transpicere "to look through," from specere
2) NIMBY nimbee (noun)
: somebody who objects to something unpleasant or
dangerous being located near his or her home but is fine
to see it located elsewhere
Late 20th century. Acronym for not in my backyard.
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