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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                   Friday, June 22, 2007
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Good Morning!

Good morning! Today I would like to share with you the 
origin of the term "peanut gallery." 

Peanut Gallery is American slang dating to 1888 referring to 
the balcony section of a theater--presumably from hoi polloi 
eating peanuts in the cheap seats. The term was popularized 
in the 1950s by the television show Howdy Doody, in which 
the host Buffalo Bob would call the child audience the 
peanut gallery. In doing so, Buffalo Bob was combining two 
different slang traditions. 

Peanut is also slang for something small or inconsequential. 
This use dates to the 1930s. By 1942, the word was being 
used to mean a small or inconsequential person, or a child. 
This is the origin of name of Charles Schulz's comic strip, 
and Howdy Doody got mileage out of both senses of the term. 

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. moil           A. Prone to outbursts of temper 
2. irascible      B. Welcome somebody into a friendly 
                     association 
3. furuncle       C. Someone who roams about in search of 
                     amusement 
4. lionize        D. Crying 
5. unfledged      E. To treat as an object of great interest 
6. lachrymose     F. To work with painful effort 
7. exigent        G. Requiring immediate aid or action 
8. wonky          H. A boil on the skin 
9. consociate     I. Not to be relied on to be steady or 
                     secure 
10. gadabout      J. Not fully developed 

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                  OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS
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1)  xylogenous   zii lojjeness  (adjective) 
    : adapted to or living in or on wood 

    Coined from Greek xulo- "wood," from xulon + -GENOUS. 

2)  thwack   thwak  (transitive verb) 
    : to strike somebody or something with a flat object 
    such as the flat of the hand. 

    Early 16th century. An imitation of the sound of the 
    blow. 

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                    WEEKLY WORD-MATCH
                       ANSWER KEY

1. moil           F. To work with painful effort 
2. irascible      A. Prone to outbursts of temper 
3. furuncle       H. A boil on the skin 
4. lionize        E. To treat as an object of great interest 
5. unfledged      J. Not fully developed 
6. lachrymose     D. Crying 
7. exigent        G. Requiring immediate aid or action 
8. wonky          I. Not to be relied on to be steady or 
                     secure 
9. consociate     B. Welcome somebody into a friendly 
                     association 
10. gadabout      C. Someone who roams about in search of 
                     amusement 

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