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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                  Friday, August 3, 2007
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Here's another phrase origin for you... 

In the late 1700s, many houses consisted of a large room 
with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down 
from the wall, and was used for dining. The "head of the 
household" always sat in the chair while everyone else ate 
sitting on the floor. 

Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be 
invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the 
chair meant you were important and in charge. They called 
the one sitting in the chair the "chair man." Today in 
business, we use the expression or title "Chairman" or 
"Chairman of the Board."


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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. maven          A. An about-face 
2. formicary      B. A cowardly buffoon 
3. gimcrack       C. A soft rustling 
4. scaramouch     D. An anthill 
5. prescind       E. Somebody who is an expert in a certain 
                     field. 
6. missive        F. A written message 
7. volte-face     G. Tearful; easily moved to tears 
8. concinnity     H. A trivial mechanism 
9. sough          I. Studied elegance of design or arrangement 
10. maudlin       J. To detach the mind from something 

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                  OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS
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1)  slimsy   slimzee  (adjective) 
    : both slight and flimsy 

    Mid-19th century. Blend of slim and flimsy. 

2)  deipnosophist   dyp-NOS-uh-fist  (noun) 
    : someone who is skilled in table talk. 

    Deipnosophist comes from the title of a work written by 
    the Greek Athenaeus in about 228 AD, Deipnosophistai, in 
    which a number of wise men sit at a dinner table and 
    discuss a wide range of topics. It is derived from 
    deipnon, "dinner" + sophistas, "a clever or wise man." 

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                    WEEKLY WORD-MATCH
                       ANSWER KEY

1. maven         E. Somebody who is an expert in a certain 
                    field. 
2. formicary     D. An anthill 
3. gimcrack      H. A trivial mechanism 
4. scaramouch    B. A cowardly buffoon 
5. prescind      J. To detach the mind from something 
6. missive       F. A written message 
7. volte-face    A. An about-face 
8. concinnity    I. Studied elegance of design or arrangement 
9. sough         C. A soft rustling 
10. maudlin      G. Tearful; easily moved to tears 


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