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#218261 - 08/23/14 07:45 AM speaking of Old French... [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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there's also

NUISSANCE - always making a pest of oneself

and

OUI-SSANCE - saying "yes" to everything

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#218285 - 08/25/14 05:27 PM heads up, again [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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RECAPITULATE

PRONUNCIATION: ree-kuh-PICH-uh-layt)

MEANING: verb tr., intr.: To recap or to repeat.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin recapitulare (to sum up), re- (again) + capitulare (to draw up under headings), from capitulum (little head, chapter), from caput (head). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kaput- (head), also the origin of head, captain, chef, chapter, cadet, cattle, chattel, achieve, biceps, mischief, and occiput. Earliest documented use: 1551.

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PRECAPITULATE - the fix is in

RECAPITULANTE - throw good money after bad; keep playing Poker when you're deep on the hole

REDCAPITULATE - the Baggage-Handlers' Union has agreed to a new contract

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#218292 - 08/26/14 08:31 PM Re: heads up, again [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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DEGUST

PRONUNCIATION: (di-GUHST)

MEANING: verb tr.: To taste or savor appreciatively.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin degustare (to taste), from de- (completely) + gustare (to taste). Ultimately from the Indo-European root geus- (to taste or choose), which also gave us choice, choose, gusto, ragout, and disgust. Earliest documented use: 1623.

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DOGUST (rhymes with August) - the hot sultry days of summer

DEGAUST - removed residual magnetism

DEBUST - 1) post someone's bail; 2) what the Amazons did to themselves so they'd be better archers

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#218302 - 08/27/14 02:38 PM another rule, another exception [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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REPROVE

PRONUNCIATION: (ri-PROOV)

MEANING: verb tr.: To reprimand or censure.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin reprobare (to disapprove), from re- (opposite) + probare (to approve), from probus (good). Earliest documented use: 1330.

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RYEPROVE - verify that your Canadian Club hasn't been diluted

REPLOVE - the endorphin high that makes you happy to continue exercising

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#218311 - 08/28/14 08:04 AM I'm going to declare a recess now [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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PROROGUE

PRONUNCIATION: (pro-ROHG)

MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To discontinue a session of something, for example, a parliament.
2. To defer or to postpone.

ETYMOLOGY: From French proroger (to adjourn), from Latin prorogare (to prolong or defer), from pro- (before) + rogare (to ask). Ultimately from the Indo-European root reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead or rule), which is also the source of regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, and surge. Earliest documented use: 1419.

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PRE-ROGUE - young scamp (cf. PRIOROGUE)

PYRO-ROGUE - arsonist

UPROR-OGUE - that Victoria's Secret sales brochure is so offensive, people everywhere are complaining loudly


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#218312 - 08/28/14 09:00 AM think pastry [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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PEROROGUE - a Pololish dumplumpling

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#218345 - 08/29/14 10:30 PM ...unless acted upon by an outside force [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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REPOSE

PRONUNCIATION: (ri-POHZ)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A state of rest.
2. Calmness.

verb intr.:
3. To lie down.
4. To lie dead.

verb tr.:
5. To lay at rest.
6. To place confidence in someone or something.
7. To put something somewhere.

ETYMOLOGY:
For 1-5: From Latin repausare (to cause to rest), from re- (intensive prefix) + pausare (to rest), from pausa (rest). Earliest documented use: 1450.
For 6-7: From Latin reponere (to store up), from ponere (to put). Ultimately from the Indo-European root apo- (off or away) that is also the source of after, off, awkward, post, and puny. Earliest documented use: 1440.

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REPOSSE - Saddle up yer hosses one more time, boys, we got to chase down and ketch them varmints agin

REPOSY (ant. of LACKADAISICAL) - replace the missing flower

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#218368 - 09/01/14 04:47 PM and a good Labor Day to you all [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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CONSONANCE

PRONUNCIATION: (KON-suh-nuhns)

MEANING: noun:
1. Agreement or accord.
2. A combination of sounds pleasing to the ear.
3. The repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the ends of words, such as st in the phrase first and last.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via French, from Latin con- (with) + sonare (to sound), from sonus (sound). Ultimately from the Indo-European root swen- (to sound), which also gave us sound, sonic, sonnet, sonata, and unison. Earliest documented use: 1430.

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CONSONANCE - all the letters but A E I O and U (the "identity" transformation)

COINSONANCE - random noises that happen to sound nice together

RONSONANCE - the click made by an old cigarette lighter

CONSONACE - that little squeak at the poker table made by a pair of bullets in the hole as you gently open them into view

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#218383 - 09/02/14 08:41 PM drove the chevy to the levee but the levee was dry [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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LEVEE

PRONUNCIATION: (LEV-ee)

MEANING: noun:
1. An embankment made to prevent flooding.
2. An embankment around a field that is to be irrigated.
3. A landing place; a quay.
4. A formal reception.

ETYMOLOGY:
For 1-3: From French levée, past participle of lever (to raise). Earliest documented use: 1718.
For 4: From French levé, variant of lever (rising from bed), from lever (to rise). Originally, a levee was a meeting held on a royal's rising from bed. Earliest documented use: 1700.

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LEVET - where you bring LE DOG to get LE RABIES-SHOT

ALEVEE - Naproxen For Her


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#218392 - 09/03/14 01:51 PM it's called "prowess" when a woman has it [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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PROW

PRONUNCIATION: (prou)

MEANING: noun:
1. The front of a ship or a boat above the water; the bow.
2. The projecting front part of something, as a building.
adjective:
3. Valiant.

ETYMOLOGY: For 1-2: From Middle French proue, from Old Italian dialect prua, from Latin prora. Ultimately from the Indo-European root per- (forward), which also gave us paramount, prime, proton, Czech prám (raft), German Frau (woman), and Hindi purana (old). Earliest documented use: 1555.
For 3: From Middle French prou, from Old English prud. Earliest documented use: 1350.

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(since we're talking of words with more than one meaning...)

PHROW
1. a line-up of chemicals arranged in order of their acidity (sometimes written pHROW)
2. a scam email trying to sell you a fake German wife

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