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Jan 14, 2011
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with Anu Garg

dun

PRONUNCIATION:
(duhn)

MEANING:
I: verb tr.: To make persistent demands for payment, especially for a debt.
  noun: 1. Someone who duns. 2. A demand for payment.

II: noun: 1. A dull grayish brown color. 2. A horse in dun color.
  adjective: Of dun color.

ETYMOLOGY:
For I: Origin unknown. Earliest documented use: Early 17th century.
For II: From Old English dun, perhaps from dusk. Earliest documented use: 953.

USAGE:
"National artist and film director Carlo J. Caparas has been dunned for P540 million in income tax."
Tax Evasion Charges Hound Caparas; Malaya (Manila, Philippines); Oct 22, 2010.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Society is like a lawn, where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface; he, however, who would study nature in its wildness and variety, must plunge into the forest, must explore the glen, must stem the torrent, and dare the precipice. -Washington Irving, writer (1783-1859)

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