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pneuma
nugatory
newel
neuston
nubilous

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

A new year has begun and new things are in the offing around the world. In the US, we eagerly await a new president to assume office, a week from now.

In AWAD, we'll mark the new year with new words. Well, they aren't really that new, they just sound new. This week we'll feature five words that begin with the "new" sound.

pneuma

PRONUNCIATION:
(NOO-muh, NYOO-)

MEANING:
noun: Spirit, soul.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek pneuma (breath, wind, spirit). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pneu- (to breathe) that is also the source of pneumatic, pneumonia, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, apnea, sneer, sneeze, snort, and snore.

USAGE:
"Eva Mendes is publicizing the new release The Spirit (oh, yes, even the pneuma needs a publicist in this age)."
Tirdad Derakhshani; 'Phantom' Sequel is Near; The Philadelphia Inquirer; Dec 31, 2008.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Memories are interpreted like dreams. -Leo Longanesi, journalist and editor (1905-1957)

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