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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                   Friday, July 13, 2007
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Good Morning!

Is anybody superstitious? I'm not, usually, but I still 
don't like to tempt fate on Friday the 13th. Which means 
I will probably be staying home tonight. 

For those of you who do stay home from work on Friday the 
13th and refuse to drive your cars, etc... there is a name 
for that. It is called 'Trisadekaphobia'. 

But don't feel bad. It's even worse in other countries. For 
example, an overly-superstitious Frenchman who has only 13 
guests in attendance for dinner might hire a "quatrorzieme" 
which is a professional 14th guest. 

How would you like to have that job? 

Good Luck!

Carly

P.S. You can discuss this issue or any other topic in the
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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. contumacious   A. A monster from Greek mythology 
2. imbroglio      B. Containing or conferring full power 
3. plenipotentiary C. The quality of seeming to be true 
4. scapegrace     D. To feign or exaggerate illness 
5. hobbledehoy    E. Markedly different from an accepted norm 
6. vraisemblance  F. A complicated and embarrassing state of 
                     things 
7. hippogriff     G. A reckless, unprincipled person 
8. aberrant       H. Obstinate; stubbornly disobedient 
9. malinger       I. Expressing sorrow or regret 
10. elegiac       J. An awkward, gawky young fellow 

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                  OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS
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1)  rankle   rangk'l  (intransitive verb) 
    : to cause permanent feelings of bitterness, resentment, 
    or anger 

    Fourteenth century. From Old French raoncler, from 
    raoncle "festering sore," literally "little snake 
    (bite)," from, ultimately, Latin dracunculus, from draco 
    "serpent." 

2)  shaggy-dog story  (noun) 
    : a long drawn-out absurd story or joke, often with an 
    ending or punchline that is anticlimatic 

    From one such anecdote involving a shaggy dog. 

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                    WEEKLY WORD-MATCH 
                       ANSWER KEY 

1. contumacious   H. Obstinate; stubbornly disobedient 
2. imbroglio      F. A complicated and embarrassing state of 
                     things 
3. plenipotentiary B. Containing or conferring full power 
4. scapegrace     G. A reckless, unprincipled person 
5. hobbledehoy    J. An awkward, gawky young fellow 
6. vraisemblance  C. The quality of seeming to be true 
7. hippogriff     A. A monster from Greek mythology 
8. aberrant       E. Markedly different from an accepted norm 
9. malinger       D. To feign or exaggerate illness 
10. elegiac       I. Expressing sorrow or regret 

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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week: 

Should Illegal aliens be allowed to sign up for the military 
in exchange for US Citizenship?

 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week

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