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It takes all kinds to make the world and it shows in this week's selection of words. For the next five days we'll see words to describe people of various persuasions. You may meet them at work or on a train, in a park or in the house next door--almost anywhere on earth.

Here's a fun exercise for you: find at least one person epitomizing the day's word, every day this week. With some six billion of us around there can't be any excuse for insufficient data.

pawky (PAW-kee) adjective

Sly, shrewd; dryly humorous.

[From Scots pawk (trick).]

See more usage examples of pawky in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"I run into David, the outspoken protester from the Kerry rally, standing next to a pawky, whey-faced fellow." Wells Tower; Bird-Dogging the Bush Vote; Harper's (New York); Mar 2005.

"[Old Tom] had a pawky sense of fun, a dry humor." John Garrity; Old Tom Morris is But One of Many Legends; Sports Illustrated (New York); Feb 17, 1995.


If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied. -Rudyard Kipling, author, Nobel laureate (1865-1936)

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