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frangible (FRAN-juh-buhl) adjective
Readily broken; breakable.
[From Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin frangibilis, from Latin frangere (to break). The same Latin root is responsible for breaking in a number of other words, such as chamfer, defray, fraction, refract, infringe, and fracture.]
The word "frangible" has three generations of kangaroos: its joey "fragile" which in turn has its own little one "frail". Can you think of other words like that?
"Wax discs are frangible: a lost flake is an irretrievable snippet of
"I can never read reviews of my own movies. I'm terrified to find out what
the barbaric world thinks of my trembly filmic dreams and, by extension,
my overly frangible soul."
This week's theme: kangaroo words, words that have a joey (a smaller word with a similar sense) within them.
Check out the story in today's New York Times: A Word of the Day Keeps Banality at Bay.
You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created. -Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)