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Oct 28, 2003
This week's theme
Words derived from Sanskrit

This week's words
karma
avatar
nirvana
pundit
juggernaut

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avatar (AV-uh-tahr) noun
1. A manifestation of a deity in Hinduism.
2. An embodiment of a concept.
3. A representation of a person or thing in computers, networks, etc.

[From avatar (descent, as of a god from heaven to the earth), from ava- (away) + tarati (he crosses).]

"Nearly forgotten today, Downing was a national avatar of taste, a sort of cross between Martha Stewart and Frank O. Gehry and was the likely choice."
Kevin Baker; The Daily, Death-Defying Commute; The New York Times; Oct 18, 2003.

"The idea was to demonstrate the levels of service on Alaska Airlines by contrasting them with an avatar of how not to run an airline."
Airline Fires Back at Low-cost Rivals; International Herald Tribune (France); Oct 19, 2003.

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