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Dec 20, 2016
This week’s theme
Words that keep glowing even with a burnt-out letter

This week’s words
platitudinarian
orotund
suberous
parable
dubiety

fat lady sings
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orotund

PRONUNCIATION:
(OR-uh-tund)

MEANING:
adjective: 1. Strong, clear, rich (as in voice or speech). 2. Pompous, bombastic.

ETYMOLOGY:
Contraction of Latin ore rotundo (with a round mouth), from ore, from os (mouth) + rotundo, from rotundus (round), from the Indo-European root ret- (to run or roll). Other words derived from the same root are rodeo, roll, rotary, rotate, rotund, roulette, and round. Earliest documented use: 1799.
Remove the initial letter and you get rotund.

USAGE:
“Christopher Lee plants himself centre-stage and unfurls a rich and orotund thespian’s voice.”
Ludovic Hunter-Tilney; Singles and Albums for Christmas; Financial Times (London, UK); Dec 22, 2014.

“The first pages listed fifteen high government officials with orotund titles.”
Herman Wouk; War and Remembrance; Little Brown & Co; 1978.

See more usage examples of orotund in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If we would have new knowledge, we must get us a whole world of new questions. -Susanne Langer, philosopher (20 Dec 1895-1985)

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