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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                   Friday, June 15, 2007
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Good Morning!

Happy Friday! Does everybody have plans for Father's Day?   
That's this Sunday, you know! A lot of folks think of these   
kinds of holidays as 'Hallmark' holidays, meaning they're   
designed purely to sell greeting cards. That's not true.   
Mother's Day and Father's Day are older than that.   

The celebration of Father's Day was inspired by the success   
of Mother's Day (which was observed nationally for the first   
time in 1914). Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington,   
was listening to a Mother's Day sermon in church in 1909 and   
decided that fathers deserved a similar day of recognition.   
Her father, a Civil War veteran, raised Sonora and her five   
siblings after their mother died in childbirth.   

She circulated a petition suggesting the third Sunday in   
June (the month in which her father was born) and urging   
people to wear a rose on that day in honor of their fathers.   
The first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910. It   
was not until 1966, under President Lyndon B. Johnson, that   
it was proclaimed a national holiday and observance of this   
on the third Sunday in June was made a law in 1972.   

Okay, I've got a tough Weekly Word-Match for you today, so   
let's get to it!

Good Luck!

Carly

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                     WEEKLY WORD-MATCH   

******** ARE YOU READY TO TEST YOUR WORD KNOWLEDGE? ********   

Match the words in the left-hand column with the correct   
definition in the right-hand column. The answer key is   
listed at the bottom of this newsletter.   

1. supplication   A. To make a harsh cry.   
2. opprobrium     B. Marked by, causing, or expressing grief.   
3. agglomeration  C. Earnest request.   
4. pecuniary      D. Relating to country life, simple, serene.   
5. luciferous     E. Disgrace; infamy; reproach.   
6. disport        F. Illuminating.   
7. effusive       G. To amuse oneself in light manner; to frolic.   
8. pastoral       H. Involving excessive emotional expression.   
9. caterwaul      I. Referring to money.   
10. dolorous      J. The act of collecting in a mass.   

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                  OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS   
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1)  skullduggery  skul-DUG-uh-ree  (noun)   
    : Devious, dishonest, or unscrupulous behavior or   
    activity; also: an instance thereof.   

    Probably alteration of Scots sculduddery, obscenity,   
    fornication.   

2)  epicene  EP-uh-seen  (adjective)   
    : Having the characteristics of both sexes.   
    : Effeminate; unmasculine.   

    Epicene derives from Latin epicoenus, from Greek   
    epikoinos, "common to," from epi-, "upon" + koinos,   
    "common."   

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                    WEEKLY WORD-MATCH   
                       ANSWER KEY   

1. supplication   C. Earnest request.   
2. opprobrium     E. Disgrace; infamy; reproach.   
3. agglomeration  J. The act of collecting in a mass.   
4. pecuniary      I. Referring to money.   
5. luciferous     F. Illuminating.   
6. disport        G. To amuse oneself in light manner; to frolic.   
7. effusive       H. Involving excessive emotional expression.   
8. pastoral       D. Relating to country life, simple, serene.   
9. caterwaul      A. To make a harsh cry.   
10. dolorous      B. Marked by, causing, or expressing grief.   

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