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Dec 25, 2012
This week's theme
Words from various languages that built the English language

This week's words
behoove
ugsome
abjure
purlieu
cumshaw

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with Anu Garg

ugsome

PRONUNCIATION:
(UG-suhm)

MEANING:
adjective: Dreadful, loathsome.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old Norse ugga (to fear). As in many typical stories where one child in a family becomes well-known while the other remains obscure, "ugly" and "ugsome" are two words derived from the same root -- one is an everyday word while the other remains uncommon. Earliest documented use: around 1425.

USAGE:
"She believed it was a step in the right direction that would eventually lead to abolishment of the ugsome deeds befalling all of them."
Catherine Ann Sabatino; Voices in the Midst; AuthorHouse; 2010.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Walking is man's best medicine. -Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine (460-377 BCE)

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