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Oct 23, 2012
This week's theme
Words that aren't what they appear to be

This week's words
predial
hibernian
histrionics
blousy
redoubtable

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Hibernian

PRONUNCIATION:
(hy-BUR-nee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to Ireland.
noun: A native or inhabitant of Ireland.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Hibernia, the Latin name for Ireland. The word hibernate is from Latin hibernare (to spend the winter). Earliest documented use: 1632.

USAGE:
"This lively bar is long on Hibernian charm, and patrons are smitten with the pub's thick Irish stew."
Indianapolis Monthly; Sep 2008.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The worst kind of people are those who confuse kindness for weakness. -Werner Makowski, banker (b. 1929)

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