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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                 Wednesday, August 1, 2007
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Fellow Logophiles,

Good morning! Here are the answers to the word power quiz: 

1. frowsy - C: Having a slovenly appearance. In my bathrobe 
and slippers, I look a bit frowsy when I take the dog for a 
walk in the morning. 

2. dappled - B: Marked with small spots, patches. The 1996 
release of 101 Dalmatians boosted sales of these dogs with 
dappled coats. 

3. telepathy - A: Communication via extrasensory means. 
Maybe it's the power of telepathy that makes golden 
retrievers good therapy dogs. 

4. emulate - B: To strive to equal; imitate. It would be 
great if Cinnamon could emulate those dogs who manage to 
keep quiet when cars pass by. 

5. impending - A: About to occur. I think Jo is looking 
forward to her impending trip to the groomer. 

6. unmitigated - D: Offering little chance of change or 
relief. Leaving Mellow home alone with two fresh-baked pies 
was an unmitigated disaster. 

7. brambles - A: Rough, prickly shrubs or vines. Once we 
realized he was missing, it didn't take us long to find Ben 
caught in the brambles. 

8. emit - A: To throw or give off; to give voice to. When 
he's hungry for attention, Renzo can emit quite a whimper. 

9. trepidation - D: Apprehension. Ernie the pit bull looks 
fierce, but like many of his breed, is very sweet and needn't 
be approached with trepidation. 

10. onerous - C: Burdensome, troublesome. I might find it 
onerous, but my Siberian husky, Wolfen, has no problem pull-
ing my 35-pound son on his sled. 

11. dissenter - B: One who holds a different opinion. I was 
the lone dissenter when it came time to pick a family pet; 
everyone else wanted a dog. 

12. tchotchkes - C: Knickknacks. When Toby was a puppy, we 
kept all our tchotchkes away from him so he wouldn't chew 
them into little pieces. 

13. euphonious - D: Pleasing to the ear. To me, Dodger's 
soft snoring in the middle of the night is a most euphonious 

14. pendulous - B: Suspended so as to swing freely. Copper 
the basset hound's pendulous ears almost touch the ground. 

15. phlegmatic - A: Having or showing a slow and stolid 
temperament. As a puppy, Nana ran all over the house; she's 
older now, and more phlegmatic. 

16. periphery - D: The external boundary or surface of an 
area. Cosmo likes to linger near the periphery at the dog 



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WORD:  missive   MIS-iv  (noun)

: A written message

SYNONYMS: * letter 
          * epistle 
          * note 

WORD WISE: Missive comes from the Medieval French lettre 
missive, literally, letter intended to be sent; it ultimate-
ly derives from Latin missus, past participle of mittere, 
to send. 

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                @@ MID-WEEK WORD SCRAMBLE @@

       1) d n a i m u l                 4) r c d e n p i s 

       2) l e c a v t e f o             5) a n e m v 

       3) s e v i m s i 

        * 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)  hugger-mugger   HUGG-ur-MUGG-ur  (adjective) 
    : secret; clandestine; sly. 
    : confused; disorderly; slovenly; mean; as, hugger-
    mugger doings. 

    The origin of hugger-mugger is unknown; perhaps it is 
    from Anglo-Irish cuggermugger, a whispering, a low-voiced 
    gossiping, from Irish cogair, whisper. 

2)  formicary   for mi ker ee  (noun) 
    : an anthill 

    From Latin formica = ant. 

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