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Mar 14, 2018
This week’s theme
Tosspot words

This week’s words
scofflaw
killjoy
sawbones
spoilsport
dreadnought

sawbones
Saw Bones
“I have a theory, but let’s wait for the x-rays.”
Cartoon: Dan Piraro

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sawbones

PRONUNCIATION:
(SAW-bonz)

MEANING:
noun: A doctor, especially a surgeon.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English saga (to cut with a saw) + ban (bone). Earliest documented use: 1837.

USAGE:
“The sawbones then manipulated my right arm back into its socket and secured it in a sling.”
Christopher Joll; The Speedicut Papers 4; AuthorHouse; 2018.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. -Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (14 Mar 1879-1955)

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