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Jan 16, 2009
This week's theme
"New" words

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pneuma
nugatory
newel
neuston
nubilous

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with Anu Garg

nubilous

PRONUNCIATION:
(NOO-buh-luhs, NYOO-)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Cloudy, misty, or foggy.
2. Vague or obscure.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin nubilosus (cloudy), from nubes (cloud).

USAGE:
"Antonioni is probably best known for Blow-Up, a nubilous 1966 drama set in swinging London about a fashion photographer who comes to believe that a photograph he took of two lovers in a public park also shows, hidden in the background, evidence of a murder."
Rick Lyman; Michelangelo Antonioni, Subversive Filmmaker; International Herald Tribune (Paris, France); Aug 1, 2007.

"All of which nubilous musing serves little purpose, except to show that cloud-gazing, as a way of passing time, has appealed to all humanity since the earliest of times."
Andy Drought; We Really Don't Know Clouds At All; The Herald (Glasgow, UK); Oct 27, 2001.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A time will come when a politician who has wilfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own. -H.G. Wells, writer (1866-1946)

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