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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                 Wednesday, August 15, 2007
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Fellow Logophiles,

Good morning! Here are this week's word power quiz answers: 

1. diligent - B: Hard-working; painstakingly careful; as, 
"...the soul of the diligent is richly supplied" (Proverbs 
13:4). Latin diligere (to esteem, choose). 

2. prudence - A: Cautious good judgment; as, "...that 
prudence may be given to the simple, knowledge and discre-
tion to the youth" (1:4). Latin prudentia (foresight). 

3. devious - D: Deceitful; shifty; as, "He who walks in 
unrightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his 
ways despises him" (14:2). Latin devius (off the road). 

4. garland - B: Wreath of flowers used as decoration or as 
a symbol of honor; as, "[Your father's instruction and 
mother's teaching] a fair garland for your head" (1:9). Old 
French garlande. 

5. cistern - C: Tank for collecting rainwater; as, "Drink 
water from your own cistern" (5:15). Latin cisterna (under-
ground reservoir). 

6. sluggard - D: Lazy person; loafer; idler; as, "Go to the 
ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise" (6:6). 
Middle English slogarde. 

7. vexation - A: Annoyance; irritation; as, "The vexation of 
a fool is known at once, but the prudent man ignores an 
insult" (12:16). Latin vexatio. 

8. lattice - D: Shutter, trellis of crossed strips; as, "For 
at the window of my house I have looked out through my 
lattice" (7:6). Old French lattis. 

9. vapor - C: Mist or fog; as, "The getting of treasures by 
a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death" 
(21:6). Latin. 

10. countenance - B: Facial expression showing one's feel-
ings; as, "A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance" (15: 
13). Old French contenance (conduct). 

11. repute - A: Reputation; as, "...do not disclose another's 
secret; lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your 
ill repute have no end" (25:10). Latin reputare (to think 

12. provocation - B: Something that incites or angers; as, 
"A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provo-
cation is heavier than both" (27:3). Latin provocare (to 
call forth). 

13. abhor - A: To detest; regard with disgust or horror; as, 
"He who says to the wicked, 'You are innocent,' will be... 
abhorred by nations" (24:24). Latin abhorrere (to shrink 

14. meddle - B: To interfere needlessly in others' affairs; 
as, "He who meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who 
takes a passing dog by the ears" (26:17). Old French medler 
(to mix). 

15. importune - D: To beg with persistent urgency; as, 
"...you have come into your neighbor's power: go, hasten, 
and importune your neighbor" (6:3). Latin importunus 

16. crucible - C: Heat-resistant container in which materials 
are melted; also, a severe test; as, "The crucible is for 
silver...and a man is judged by his praise (27:21). Medieval 
Latin crucibulum (night lamp). 

17. reproof - B: Expression of disapproval; rebuke; as, 
"Give heed to my reproof" (1:23). Old French reprouver. 

18. envoy - A: Messenger; government representative of a 
diplomatic mission; as, "...a faithful envoy brings healing" 
(13:17). Old French (a sending). 

19. surety - D: Guarantee; person responsible for another; 
as, "Be not one of those who give pledges, who become surety 
for debts" (22:26). Latin securus (sure; free from fears). 

20. exalt - C: To glorify; praise; lift up; as, "Righteous-
ness exalts a nation: (14:34). Latin exaltare (to lift up).



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WORD:  inveigle  in-VAY-gull; -VEE-  (transitive verb)

: To lead astray as if blind; to persuade by deceptive arts 
or flattery; to entice; to wheedle. 

SYNONYMS: * manipulate 
          * coax 
          * allure 

WORD WISE: Inveigle comes from Anglo-French enveogler, from 
Old French aveugler, to blind, from aveugle, blind, from 
Medieval Latin ab oculis, without eyes 

QUOTE: Deep Blue had tried to inveigle Kasparov into grab-
bing several pawn offers, but the champion was not fooled. 
--Robert Byrne, "Kasparov and Computer Play to a Draw." 
New York Times, February 14, 1996 



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                @@ MID-WEEK WORD SCRAMBLE @@

        1) c o l a n t i y a p         4) e g i v l n e i 

        2) i n f u e c i m n t         5) a d o h b e d m 

        3) b o t e p i m o n n 

        * 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! 


1)  quidnunc   kwid nungk  (noun) 
    : somebody who is nosy or gossipy (literary) 

    Early 18th century. From Latin, literally "what now." 

2)  rhytidectomy   riti dektemee  (noun) 
    : a facelift 

    Mid-20th century. Coined from Greek rhutid-, the stem of 
    rhutis "wrinkle" + -ECTOMY. 

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