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May 26, 2010
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Words having many unrelated meanings

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cashier
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with Anu Garg

cashier

PRONUNCIATION:
(ka-SHEER)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To dismiss from service, especially with disgrace.
noun: An employee who handles payments and receipts in a store, bank, or business.

ETYMOLOGY:
For verb: From Dutch kasseren, from Middle French casser (to break, to discharge), from Latin quassare (to quash), frequentative of quatere (to shake).
For noun: From Dutch kassier or French caissier, both from French caisse (cashbox), from Latin capsa (case).

USAGE:
"Iraq is thick with bitter men. Some 400,000 were cashiered from the army."
Mideast Carnage Tests Our Resolve; Toronto Star (Canada); Aug 20, 2003.

See more usage examples of cashier in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. -Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)

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