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Oct 18, 2000
This week's theme
Semordnilaps, or words that spell other words when reversed

This week's words
avid
debut
ogre
strop
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ogre

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ogre (O-guhr) noun

1. A giant or monster in legends and fairy tales that eats human beings.

2. A person who is felt to be particularly cruel, brutish, or hideous.

[French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld.]

"As the ogres gorge themselves, the planks are pulled out, spilling them into the pit, and hot rocks and boiling water poured over them until they burn to death."
Geraldine Nagle, The nightmare's mask, Parabola, Sep 22, 1998.

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The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything - or nothing. -Nancy Astor, first woman member of Parliament in England (1879-1964)


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