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Oct 10, 2012
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

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inveigh
apostle
mense
bunbury
feint

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mense

PRONUNCIATION:
(mens)

MEANING:
noun: Propriety, decorum.
verb tr.: To adorn, grace.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English menske (honor), from Old Norse mennska (humanity). Earliest documented use: before 1525.

USAGE:
"Auld Vandal! ye but show your little mense,
Just much about it wi' your scanty sense:
Will your poor, narrow foot-path of a street,
Where twa wheel-barrows tremble when they meet."
Robert Burns; The Brigs Of Ayr; 1787.

NOTES:
These lines are from a poem Burns wrote about a dialog between two bridges when the construction of a new bridge began over the Ayr in Scotland in 1786. The Auld Brig retorts to the above mocking by New Brig that one shouldn't get carried away in vanity and pride:
  "I'll be a brig when ye're a shapeless cairn!"
The poet's words proved prophetic when in the 1877 flood the New Brig collapsed into a heap of stones while the Auld Brig still stands.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death. -Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer (1804-1864)

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