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May 28, 2002
This week's theme
Words borrowed from Arabic

This week's words
alembic
nadir
jihad
houri
talisman


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nadir

(NAY-duhr, NAY-deer) Pronunciation

noun:
1. The point on the celestial sphere directly below the observer, opposite the zenith.
2. The lowest point.

[From Middle English, from Middle French, from Arabic nazir (opposite).]

"From its nadir in 1988 ... America has shaken off its malaise and come storming back."
Nicholas Valery; Something in the Air; The Economist (London, UK); Feb 20, 1999.

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Coincidences are spiritual puns. -G.K. Chesterton, essayist and novelist (1874-1936)

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