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Oct 19, 2011
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Back-formations

This week's words
euthanize
admix
darkle
intuit
quisle

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darkle

PRONUNCIATION:
(DAHR-kuhl)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To make or become dark, indistinct, or gloomy.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from darkling (in the dark), from Middle English derkeling. Earliest documented use: 1819.

USAGE:
"The silhouettes of builders and road-construction equipment darkled against the sky."
Dovletmurad Orazkuliev; New Roads in Country; Neitralnii Turkmenistan; Jul 6, 2010.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To read is to translate, for no two persons' experiences are the same. A bad reader is like a bad translator: he interprets literally when he ought to paraphrase and paraphrases when he ought to interpret literally. -W.H. Auden, poet (1907-1973)

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