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May 16, 2000
This week's theme
Words about words

This week's words
haplology
verbicide
lexis
analects
metathesis
anadiplosis
anagoge

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verbicide

(VUR-buh-syd)

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noun:
1. The willful distortion or depreciation of the original meaning of a word.
2. A person who willfully distorts the meaning of a word.

From Latin verb(um) word + -i- + -cide (killer, killing).

"Noggs dreads to think what fragrant words our English verbicides have been putting out for the dustmen at dead of night."
Newman Noggs, Books: Between the lines, The Daily Telegraph, Sep 19, 1998.

This week's theme: Words about words

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