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Jun 21, 2016
This week’s theme
Unusual synonyms

This week’s words
poecilonym
nephalism
tachyphylaxis
nullifidian
marrowsky

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nephalism

PRONUNCIATION:
(NEE-fuh-liz-uhm)

MEANING:
noun: Teetotalism: abstinence from alcohol.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek nephalios (sober). Earliest documented use: 1860.

USAGE:
“Which, though not entirely teetotal, is next door to nephalism.”
Jack McLean’s; We’ll All Be Beeping About from Bar to Bar; The Herald (Glasgow, UK); Apr 21, 2001.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat. -Jean-Paul Sartre, writer and philosopher (21 Jun 1905-1980)

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