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Apr 15, 2011
This week's theme
Words originating in knots

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knotty
denouement
gordian
nodus
knaggy

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with Anu Garg

knaggy

PRONUNCIATION:
(NAG-ee)

MEANING:
adjective: Knotty; rough; rugged.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English knag (knot). Earliest documented use: 1552.

USAGE:
"Despite all odds, quarry boys do not spare a minute to chase flies or gaze at knaggy taxi drivers."
Living on Stones; Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé); Oct 17, 2005.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
No one imagines that symphony is supposed to improve as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them. -Alan Watts, philosopher, writer, and speaker (1915-1973)

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