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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                   Thursday, June 14, 2007
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Good morning! Here are the answers to the word scramble: 
1) Judgment, 2) Lampoon, 3) Jojoba, 4) Intercede, and 
5) Pastoral. Now on with today's words...



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WORD:  naif   nah-EEF   (adjective) 

: A naive or inexperienced person. 

SYNONYMS: * naive 
          * guileless 
          * simple 

WORD WISE: Naif comes from French, from Old French naif, 
"naive, natural, just born," from Latin nativus, "native, 
rustic," literally "born, inborn, natural," from Latin 
nativus, "inborn, produced by birth," from natus, past 
participle of nasci, "to be born." 

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past and prey on the sympathies of unsuspecting naifs, 
fishing for bank account numbers or photocopies of pass-
  --Nathalie Atkinson, "Con heir," Toronto Life, 
    September 1, 2003 



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BONUS WORD OF THE DAY:  effusive  ih-FYOO-siv  (adjective) 

: Excessively demonstrative; giving or involving extravagant 
 or excessive emotional expression; gushing. 
: Profuse; overflowing: effusive praise. 

Effusive, at root meaning "pouring out," comes from Latin 
effusus, past participle of effundere, "to pour out," from 
ex-, "out" + fundere, "to pour." 

                  OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS 

1)  vatic   VAT-ik   (adjective) 
    : Of or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy; pro-
    phetic; oracular. 

    Vatic comes from Latin vates, "a prophet, a soothsayer, 
    a seer." 

2)  caterwaul   KAT-uhr-wawl   (intransitive verb) 
    : To make a harsh cry. 

    Caterwaul is from Middle English caterwawen, "to cry as 
    a cat," either from Medieval Dutch kater, "tomcat" + 
    Dutch wauwelen, "to tattle," or for catawail, from cat-
    wail, "to wail like a cat." 

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