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Dec 10, 2012
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
princox
nincompoop
malingerer
curmudgeon
whippersnapper

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

"I love mankind. It's the people I can't stand." Do you ever find yourself repeating those words of cartoonist Charles Schulz? Maybe you're surrounded by persons described in this week's A.Word.A.Day.

There are times when everyone around us seems less than charming. It's not fun, but now at least you have colorful words to describe those people. And remember, just like the fingers of your hand, it takes all kinds to make this world.

princox

PRONUNCIATION:
(PRIN-koks)

MEANING:
noun: A conceited person; a coxcomb. Also princock.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1540.

USAGE:
"The crowing princock wouldn't mind his tongue, practically begged for a beating with his back talk."
Jennifer Bray-Weber; A Kiss in the Wind; Harlequin; 2012.

"You are a saucy boy ... You are a princox."
William Shakespeare; Romeo & Juliet; 1590s.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way. -E.L. Doctorow, writer (b. 1931)

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