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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                  Wednesday, June 6, 2007
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Good morning! Here are the answers to the word power quiz:   

1. vegetate - A: To live a life of passivity, monotony or   
mental inactivity; also, to grow as a plant. Latin vegetare   
(to quicken, enliven).   

2. sedate - A: To calm or quiet by administering a drug; as,   
to sedate a ferocious animal in a zoo. Latin sedare (to   

3. stipulate - C: To specify as an essential condition of an   
agreement; as, He stipulated that the software program must   
be easy to learn. Latin stipulari (to bargain).   

4. acclimate - D: To adapt to new conditions or circum-   
stances; as, to acclimate to the slower pace of the tropics.   
French acclimater.   

5. berate - B: To give a prolonged, severe and sometimes   
abusive scolding. English prefix be- (thoroughly) and rate   
(to chide).   

6. relegate - D: To send away, especially to a less desir-   
able situation; as, to relegate a Major League baseball   
player to the minors. Also, to delegate; as, to relegate a   
problem to a committee. Latin relegare.   

7. equivocate - B: To be evasive, vague or ambiguous so as   
to mislead or conceal; hedge. Latin aequus (equal) and   
vocare (to call).   

8. renovate - B: To restore to a good condition; as, The   
family renovated an old house. Latin renovare.   

9. precipitate - A: To cause to happen suddenly; bring on;   
as, His unfortunate remark precipitated a bitter argument.   
Latin praecipitare (to hurl downward).   

10. exonerate - B: To free or clear from blame; absolve; as,   
to exonerate an accused person on the basis of fresh evi-   
dence. Latin ex- (out) and onus (burden).   

11. innovate - D: To introduce something new or create a   
novel method of doing something. Latin in- (in) and novare   
(to make new).   

12. extrapolate - B: To estimate; also, to draw a conclusion   
about something unknown based on its relevance to known   
facts; as, to extrapolate a theory about a tenth planet.   
Latin extra- (beyond) and polire (to polish).   

13. satiate - D: To glut; have more than enough of anything   
to the point of losing interest; as, to satiate oneself with   
cheesecake. Latin satiare (to satisfy, fill).   

14. recapitulate - C: To summarize concisely, as at the end   
of a speech or meeting; review briefly. Latin recapitulare.   

15. undulate - B: To move in a smooth, wavelike or sinuous   
motion; as, fields of wheat undulating in the soft wind.   
Latin unda (wave).   

16. gesticulate - C: To make expressive gestures with the   
hands and arms to add emphasis to one's words. Latin   
17. immolate - A: To offer in sacrifice; to kill as by fire;   
as, The Buddhist monk, opposing the government, immolated   
himself in a bonfire. Latin immolare (originally, to   
sprinkle with sacrificial meal).   

18. militate - D: To have a substantial influence or effect,   
usually against; as, The policy will militate against age   
discrimination. Latin militare (to serve as a soldier).   

19. crenelate - B: To form square notches in molding; make   
squared-off battlements in a fortress. Old French crenel   

20. perpetuate - A: To cause to continue or be remembered;   
as, to perpetuate a tradition. Latin perpetuare.   



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WORD:  trice   TRYS  (noun)   

: A very short time - used chiefly in the phrase "in a   

SYNONYMS: * instant   
          * moment   
          * flash   

WORD WISE: Trice is from Middle English (at a) trise, liter-   
ally, "(at one) pull," from trisen, "to pull," from Middle   
Dutch trisen, "to hoist," from trise, "a windlass, a pulley."   

QUOTE: "Our super sleuth decided to take action and the   
mystery was solved in a trice."   
--"Furthermore," The Guardian, October 30, 2001   



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                @@ MID-WEEK WORD SCRAMBLE @@   

       1) r n e c r f e o             4) l a e p i x t e c   

       2) i t e c r                   5) u t i c l e n a c   

       3) s a t d r e p i a   

        * Does not include obscure and unusual words *   

Let's see who can answer them all correctly. I will publish 
the answers in tomorrow's issue!   

                  OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS   

1)  alpenglow   AL-puhn-gloh  (noun)   
    : a reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the   
    summits of mountains.   

    Alpenglow is a partial translation of German Alpengluhen,   
    from Alpen, "Alps" + gluhen, "to glow."   

2)  froward   froo erd  (adjective)   
    : stubbornly disobedient or contrary   

    Old English fraward "in a direction leading away from,"   
    formed from Old Norse fra "from"   

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