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May 8, 2015
This week’s theme
Words that turn into another word when beheaded

This week’s words
scop
junto
hauteur
astringent
futilitarian

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Words borrowed from Yiddish
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with Anu Garg

futilitarian

PRONUNCIATION:
(fyoo-til-i-TAR-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Devoted to futile pursuits.
2. Holding the belief that human striving is useless.

noun:
1. A person devoted to futile pursuits.
2. One who believes that human striving is useless.

ETYMOLOGY:
A blend of futile and utilitarian. Earliest documented use: 1827.

USAGE:
“‘Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.’ Dante was the First Futilitarian.”
Brad Blanton; Futilitarianism; Tikkun (Berkeley, California); Nov/Dec 2004.

“Owner Jerry Reinsdorf had promised an all-out effort to improve, but the team seems to have adopted a futilitarian attitude.”
Bob Verdi; Only Flag Over Comiskey Park Is White; Chicago Tribune; Jul 9, 1989.

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