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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                   Friday, June 8, 2007
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Good Morning!

Happy Friday! To start off your weekend, let's learn the   
origin of the phrase third degree.   

The third degree, thanks to old Hollywood cops and robbers   
movies, is now synonymous with police interrogation with   
bright lights and rubber hoses and without the benefits of   
counsel. But where did this phrase come from? And what are   
the first two degrees?   

The phrase comes from freemasonry. To become a Third-Degree   
or Master Mason, the highest rank, one must submit to   
questioning. The questioning associated with a Third-Degree   
Mason dates to at least 1772. Some sources say the   
questioning is long and intense, others that it is a mere   
formality, but whichever is true, the idea that the Masons'   
testing was an ordeal became fixed in the public mind.   

So, by 1880 the term became used for any long an arduous   
questioning or interrogation. Around the turn of the 20th   
century, the term began to be applied, outside of Masonic   
rituals, exclusively to police interrogations. The idea of   
a brutal interrogation being called the third degree was no   
doubt helped along by association with third-degree burn.   

So, there really are no first or second degrees of police   
brutality. 

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. inculcate     A. A governmental council or committee   
2. confrere      B. To urge on the mind   
3. toper         C. Fundamentally different or distinct in   
                    quality or kind   
4. disparate     D. Exaggerated or overly flattering praise   
5. trice         E. A fellow member of a fraternity or   
                    profession   
6. junta         F. Stubbornly disobedient or contrary   
7. explicate     G. A clue in deciphering   
8. clavis        H. A very short time   
9. puffery       I. To explain   
10. froward      J. One who drinks frequently or to excess   

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                  OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS   
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1)  chrestomathy   kres-TOM-uh-thee  (noun)   
    : a volume of selected literary passages, usually by one   
    author.   
    : a selection of literary passages from a foreign   
    language, especially one assembled for studying a   
    language.   

    From Greek chrestomatheia, from chrestos (useful) +   
    manthanein (to learn) These two parts of the word   
    ultimately derive from Indo-European gher- (to like or   
    want) which gave us yearn, charisma, greedy, exhort; and   
    mendh- (to learn) that resulted in the terms mathematics   
    and polymath.   

2)  mammon   MAM-uhn  (noun)   
    : wealth; money.   
    : the personification of wealth and of inordinate desire   
    for it; the material wealth considered having an evil   
    influence.   

    From Middle English, from Late Latin mammona, from Greek   
    mammonas, from Aramaic mamona (riches). Mammon was   
    personified as a false god in the New Testament.   

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                    WEEKLY WORD-MATCH   
                       ANSWER KEY   

1. inculcate     B. To urge on the mind   
2. confrere      E. A fellow member of a fraternity or   
                    profession   
3. toper         J. One who drinks frequently or to excess   
4. disparate     C. Fundamentally different or distinct in   
                    quality or kind   
5. trice         H. A very short time   
6. junta         A. A governmental council or committee   
7. explicate     I. To explain   
8. clavis        G. A clue in deciphering   
9. puffery       D. Exaggerated or overly flattering praise   
10. froward      F. Stubbornly disobedient or contrary   

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