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Apr 6, 2016
This week’s theme
Blend words

This week’s words
lunkhead
clairaudience
affluential
bankster
sheeple

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affluential

PRONUNCIATION:
(a-floo-EN-shuhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Having power and influence because of wealth.
noun: Rich and powerful person.

ETYMOLOGY:
A blend of affluence + influential. Both words are from Latin fluere (to flow). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhleu- (to swell or overflow), from which flow words such as influence, fluctuate, fluent, fluid, fluoride, flush, flux, reflux, superfluous, fluvial, profluent, and affluenza. Earliest documented use: 1842.

USAGE:
“The thing to remember is that, for affluentials, money has become the tool with which to buy non-material things -- space, time, health, fitness, and meaningful experiences.”
Shane Watson; The Art of Being Affluential; The Guardian (London, UK); Jun 22, 2001.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Conscience is a dog that does not stop us from passing but that we cannot prevent from barking. -Nicolas de Chamfort, writer (6 Apr 1741-1794)

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