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lability (luh-BIL-i-tee) noun
Susceptibility to change, lapse, error or instability.
[Via French/Middle English from Late Latin labilis (prone to slip), from labi (to slip). Other words from the same root are avalanche, lapse, and lava.]
"Water, that is, can itself be thought of as an element without qualities,
and in its lability it is a strikingly appropriate subject for Ulrich's
sympathetic attention. Always itself yet always adaptable to multiple
ways of manifesting itself ..."
"Most of us have heroes, I guess. Mine is Lance Armstrong, who beat
testicular cancer to become the greatest cyclist in the world. Watching
him pedalling through the fields of pain in the Tour de France, I was
struck by the absence of any sign of emotional lability."
This week's theme: yours to discover.
In case you missed some of this week's words, they were orotund, draggle, trunnel, pinnate, and lability. The challenge was to find a common pattern among them. If you can spot it, email garg AT wordsmith.org.
Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use. -Charles Schulz, cartoonist (1922-2000)
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