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Aug 22, 2012
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with Anu Garg

suss

PRONUNCIATION:
(suhs)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To inspect, investigate, or to figure out.

ETYMOLOGY:
By shortening of suspect, from Latin sub- (below) + specere (to look). Earliest documented use: 1953.

USAGE:
"Within moments a swarm of small drones could arrive on the scene, to suss it [the location of the gunshot] out for the cops."
Nick Paumgarten; Here's Looking At You; The New Yorker; May 14, 2012.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions. -Frank Lloyd Wright, architect (1867-1959)

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