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Nov 29, 2001
This week's theme
Wordpix, words drawn so that they explain themselves

This week's words
procrustean
pendulous
acclivity
kowtow
inebriety
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kowtow

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(kow-TOW)

verb: To kneel and touch the forehead to the ground as a mark of respect; to show servile deference.
noun: An act of kowtowing.

[From Chinese kou (knock) tou (head).]

"When the head of the giant software corporation refused to kowtow to the swami, he was promptly transformed into a little bug."

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