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Feb 3, 2011
This week's theme
Words derived from the names of places

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gasconade
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spartan
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spartan

PRONUNCIATION:
(SPAR-tn)

MEANING:
adjective: Lacking in comforts; marked by self-discipline or self-restraint.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Sparta, an ancient town in southern Greece whose residents were known for strict discipline. First recorded use: 1425.

NOTES:
Sparta was the capital of Laconia, which has given another word to the language: laconic. Also, there's a word coined after another town in Laconia: helot.

USAGE:
"Jens Jacob cooks and sleeps in the van, his mobile home, sometimes under the stars. It's a spartan existence for the man on the move."
Allan Jacob; On the Road to...; Khaleej Times (Dubai, UAE); Nov 5, 2010.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)

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