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May 5, 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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junto

PRONUNCIATION:
(JUHN-to)

MEANING:
noun: A small, usually secret group of people united for a common purpose.

ETYMOLOGY:
Alteration of Spanish/Portuguese junta (committee, association), from Latin jungere (to join). Ultimately from the Indo-European root yeug- (to join), which also gave us yoke, junction, jugular, adjust, syzygy, subjugate, rejoinder, jugulate, and yoga. Earliest documented use: 1641.

USAGE:
“A small clique of interrelated local families, whom Smith labeled a junto, controlled both the community and the armory for much of its history.”
Roger Simon; The Machine in Context; Technology and Culture (Baltimore, Maryland); Oct 2010.

See more usage examples of junto in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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