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Feb 2, 2016
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Four-letter words

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yerk
unco
saga
diel
alar

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unco

PRONUNCIATION:
(UHNG-koh)

MEANING:
adjective: Unusual; remarkable; strange.
adverb: Remarkably; extremely.
noun: 1. A stranger. 2. News.

ETYMOLOGY:
A variant of uncouth, from uncuth, from un- (not) + cuth (known), from cunnan (to know). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gno- (to know), which also gave us know, recognize, acquaint, ignore, diagnosis, notice, normal, agnosia, anagnorisis, prosopagnosia, cognize, gnomon, and kenning. Earliest documented use: 1410.

USAGE:
“‘You’re unco late, dear,’ she would say wearily.”
George Douglas Brown; The House with the Green Shutters; McClure, Phillips & Co.; 1902.

“Each tells the uncos that he sees or hears.”
Robert Burns; The Cotter’s Saturday Night; 1785.

See more usage examples of unco in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Jobs are like going to church: it's nice once or twice a year to sing along and eat something and all that, but unless you really believe there's something holy going on, it gets to be a drag going in every single week. -Thomas Michael Disch, science fiction author and poet (2 Feb 1940-2008)

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