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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                 Wednesday, August 8, 2007
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Fellow Logophiles,

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

1. aspire - B: To aim for something important; be ambitious; 
yearn for. Latin aspirare (to breathe upon). 

2. meddlesome - C: Interfering; inclined to pry intrusively 
into the lives of others; as, a meddlesome reporter. Old 
French medler (to mix). 

3. albatross - A: Persistent difficulty or burden. From 
Coleridge's poem in which a ship's crew hung a dead alba-
tross around the Ancient Mariner's neck. Sailors believed 
that killing this bird brought bad luck. 

4. permeate - D: To spread through every part of; as, A 
feeling of relief permeated the company. Latin permeare (to 
pass through). 

5. consortium - B: Partnership of financial groups for 
carrying out a large project; as, an international consor-
tium of car companies. Latin (fellowship). 

6. laissez-faire - C: Unregulated; often used to describe an 
economic system free of government control. French (let do). 

7. divisive - D: Disruptive; causing disagreement among 
people; as, their divisive statements. Latin dividere (to 

8. ad hoc - A: For a specific purpose only; as, an ad hoc 
investigative committee. Latin (for this). 

9. harbor - B: To keep or hold in one's mind; as, to harbor 
resentments. Old English herebeorg (army shelter). 

10. tout - D: To praise or recommend highly; as, He believed 
in the cars he touted. Old English totian (to look out for). 

11. catharsis - D: Purification; a cleansing; as, Some 
contend that business recessions are a necessary catharsis 
for an economic system. Greek katharsis. 

12. envisage - A: To visualize; imagine; as, to envisage a 
new organization. French envisager (to face in). 

13. contentious - B: Controversial; causing argument; as, 
quarrelsome; the most contentious person imaginable. Latin 
com- (with) and tendere (to strive). 

14. exacerbate - B: To make worse; aggravate; as, to 
exacerbate a weak financial situation. Latin ex- (thoroughly) 
and acerbare (to make harsh). 

15. rag - C: To tease, banter or joke in an annoyingly 
persistent way; as, Our competitor ragged us. British 19th-
century university slang. 

16. watershed - D: Decisive turning point affecting outlook, 
actions; as, The merger was a watershed in the firm's 
history. Also, area from which a river receives its water 

17. reparation - A: Making up for a wrongdoing; amends; as, 
to make reparations by a public apology. Also, compensation. 
Latin re- (again) and parare (to get ready). 

18. homogenize - B: To blend diverse elements into a smooth, 
uniform mixture; as, It can be dangerous to homogenize one's 
thinking. Greek homogenes (of the same kind). 

19. faze - A: To fluster; disturb or intimidate; as, Nothing 
fazed him. Middle English fesen. 

20. temper - D: To moderate; soften effects of; as, to 
temper a government regulation. Latin temperare (to keep 
within limits). 



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WORD:  quiescent   kwy-ES-uhnt  (adjective) 

: Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; inactive. 

SYNONYMS: * calm 
          * motionless 
          * placid 

WORD WISE: Quiescent derives from the present participle of 
Latin quiescere, "to rest," from quies, "rest." 

QUOTE: Have we had our day and are we . . . just carrying on 
after the manner of the aged, quiescent, devitalized, uncre-
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                @@ MID-WEEK WORD SCRAMBLE @@

        1) h r o a l g e r o            4) i s e t q e c n u 

        2) n l o p y a p                5) o m e n h i b o 

        3) e b f i l a f e 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)  ganef   ganef  (noun) 
    : a thief, cheater, or somebody who is unscrupulous 

    Early 20th century. Via Yiddish from Hebrew gannab. 

2)  screak   skreek  (intransitive verb) 
    : to produce a screech 

    Fifteenth century. From Old Norse skraekja, an imitation 
    of the sound.

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