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Jul 4, 2013
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
mumpsimus
fustilarian
hobbledehoy
makebate
bellygod

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makebate

PRONUNCIATION:
(MAYK-bayt)

MEANING:
noun: One who incites quarrels.

ETYMOLOGY:
From make, from Old English macian (to make) + bate (contention), from Latin battuere (to beat) which also gave us abate, debate, and rebate. Earliest documented use: 1529.

USAGE:
"'You leave my ma out of this, you makebate! She always said you'd end on the gallows, and she was right.'"
Barbara Metzger; Christmas Wishes; Signet; 2010.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The most certain test by which we can judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities. -Lord Acton (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton), historian (1834-1902)

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