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May 12, 2016
This week’s theme
Forgotten positives

This week’s words
licit
peccable
clement
effable
scrutable

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with Anu Garg

effable

PRONUNCIATION:
(EF-uh-buhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Capable of being expressed.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin fari (to speak). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bha- (to speak), which also gave us fable, fairy, fate, fame, blame, confess, and infant (literally, one unable to speak). Earliest documented use: 1637.

USAGE:
“The humanities, whose products are necessarily less tangible and effable than their science and engineering peers (and less readily yoked to the needs of the corporate world), have been an easy target for this sprawling new management class.”
Alex Preston; The War Against Humanities at Britain’s Universities; The Observer (London, UK); Mar 30, 2015.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I do not torture animals, and I do not support the torture of animals, such as that which goes on at rodeos: cowardly men in big hats abusing simple beasts in a fruitless search for manhood. -George Carlin, comedian, actor, and author (12 May 1937-2008)

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