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Dec 28, 2012
This week's theme
Words from various languages that built the English language

This week's words
behoove
ugsome
abjure
purlieu
cumshaw

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cumshaw

PRONUNCIATION:
(KUM-shaw)

MEANING:
noun: A gift or a tip.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Chinese (Amoy/Xiamen dialect), kan (to be grateful) + hsieh (thanks). The term was used by beggars in Chinese ports and picked up by visiting sailors during the 19th century. Earliest documented use: 1839.

USAGE:
"All those extra bodies don't necessarily increase the chances for cumshaw, according to some tip recipients."
Sean M. Wood; Tourism Doesn't Fill Their Tip Jar; San Antonio Express-News (Texas); Apr 7, 2006.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. -Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the US (1809-1865)

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