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Jun 4, 2009
This week's theme
Words having many unrelated meanings

This week's words
purlicue
trammel
grig
growler
gaff

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growler

PRONUNCIATION:
(GROU-luhr)

MEANING:
noun:
1. One that growls.
2. A container (as a pail or pitcher) brought by a customer to fetch beer.
3. A small iceberg.
4. A four-wheeled cab.
5. An electromagnetic device for testing short-circuited coils.

ETYMOLOGY:
From growl, from Middle English groule, grollen (to rumble), probably of imitative origin.

USAGE:
"When Euro-metal comes to mind it can often rouse visions of hairy, horn-helmeted growlers howling about faraway lands and legendary times."
Fawnda Mithrush; Primordial: Thoroughly Modern Metal; Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada); May 7, 2009.

"The two-story building will feature a to-go bar on the first floor for beer aficionados to buy and fill growlers."
Rachael Fisher; Brewing Company on the Move; The Anchorage Daily News (Alaska); May 1, 2009.

"We sailed the 30-mile stretch of the Atlantic Sound, otherwise known as Iceberg Alley. The smaller, granite-hard growlers are to be avoided just as deftly as the enormous floating glacial islands."
Neill Johnston; Cool Cruise Among Ice and Penguins; Birmingham Post (UK); May 15, 2009.

"So this growler will get into Audi R8 territory for about a third of the Audi's $130,000 starting price tag."
Jeremy Cato; New Challenger Even Better; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Feb 19, 2008.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. -St. Augustine (354-430)

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