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A.Word.A.Day--ubiety

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ubiety (yoo-BYE-i-tee) noun

The condition of existing in a particular location.

[From Latin ubi (where) + -ety, a variant of ity.]

Here's a more familiar word with the same root: ubiquity, the state of being everywhere.

"Ubiety suffuses Milosz's work, though he says that `whether I wanted this to happen or not, the landscapes of California have merged with the landscapes of Lithuania.'" David Kipen, ABCs of Milosz -- A Life in Letters, The San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 21, 2001.

"And so every anecdote in Northern Ireland has to come accompanied by its refutation. One person will tell a story pointing up the ubiety of the sectarian divide, and how both groups can instantly identify one another and then someone else will chime up and say: but what about so-and-so." Will Self, A Little Cottage Industry Business is Thriving in Northern Ireland, The Guardian (London), Jul 10, 1994.

Don your sherlockian hats, put on the gumshoes, and sharpen your private eyes. It's time for some word sleuthing. Wordsmith needs a few good word detectives to save the day (or week). I had jotted down the five words for this week in my notebook, but I can't remember what was common among them. Can you see a pattern in these seemingly random words? Is there a theme that you can identify? If you think you have the answer, send it to garg AT wordsmith.org. Only one solution per person, please. -Anu

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