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Aug 19, 2008
This week's theme
Words for physical characteristics used to describe people figuratively

This week's words
louche
clochard
myopic
dexterous
ambisinister


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clochard

PRONUNCIATION:
(KLOH-shahr)

MEANING:
noun: A beggar; vagrant.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French clocher (to limp), from Latin clopus (lame).

USAGE:
"The bridge is always crowded with vehicles, clochards, salespeople, college students, the aged and infants, and dogs."
Kyoko Yoshida; Kyoto Panorama Project; The Massachusetts Review (Amherst); Winter 2000/2001.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace. -Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969)

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