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Jun 7, 2001
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Words from the names of newspapers

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picayune
excelsior
laconic
sentinel
argus

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sentinel

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(SEN-tuh-nuhl)

noun: One who watches or keeps guard.

verb tr.: To watch over as a guard.

[From French sentinelle, from Italian sentinella, from Old Italian sentina, vigilance, from sentire, to watch, from Latin sentire, to observe.]

"What is the Citadel? Sir, it is a fortress of duty, a sentinel of responsibility, a bastion of antiquity, a towering bulwark of rigid discipline, instilling within us high ideals, honor, uprightness, loyalty, patriotism, obedience, initiative, leadership, professional knowledge and pride in achievement -- from the school handbook."
Rick Reilly; What is the Citadel?; Sports Illustrated; Sep 14, 1992.

Example: The Sentinel (Stoke-on-Trent, UK).

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If a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband, and an ill provider. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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