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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                   Friday, June 29, 2007
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Good Morning!

Happy Friday! Here is a little word trivia you can impress 
others with this weekend: 

The slang word "yahoo" first appeared in Swift's 1726 book 
Gulliver's Travels as the name of a race of sub-human 
brutes. 

The Sanskrit word for war translates to "desire for more 
cows." 

The Japanese gave us the term "honcho," meaning big shot. 
Hancho means "squad commander" in Japanese. 

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. lucubration    A. Loose material that is worn away from 
                     rocks 
2. contemn        B. Something or someone particularly 
                     detested 
3. bete noire     C. Evenness of mind 
4. causeuse       D. Manipulation of a dislocated or stiff
                     joint 
5. huttoning      E. To regard or treat with disdain or 
                     contempt 
6. malapropos     F. A sofa for two people 
7. aborning       G. Clothes 
8. detritus       H. While being produced or born 
9. toggery        I. The act of studying by candlelight 
10. equanimity    J. Unseasonable; unsuitable 

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                  OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS
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1)  j'adoube   zha doob  (interjection) 
    : an expression used by a chess player who is about to 
    adjust a piece on the board, to ensure that this will 
    not be counted as an official move 

    Early 19th century. From French, literally "I dub." 

2)  navvy   navvee  (noun) 
    : an unskilled laborer 

    Early 19th century. Shortening of navigator (in its 
    earlier meaning "canal laborer.") 

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                    WEEKLY WORD-MATCH
                       ANSWER KEY

1. lucubration    I. The act of studying by candlelight 
2. contemn        E. To regard or treat with disdain or 
                     contempt 
3. bete noire     B. Something or someone particularly 
                     detested 
4. causeuse       F. A sofa for two people 
5. huttoning      D. Manipulation of a dislocated or stiff 
                     joint 
6. malapropos     J. Unseasonable; unsuitable 
7. aborning       H. While being produced or born 
8. detritus       A. Loose material that is worn away from 
                     rocks 
9. toggery        G. Clothes 
10. equanimity    C. Evenness of mind 

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