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May 5, 2009
This week's theme
Forgotten positives

This week's words
evitable
wieldy
exorable
gainly
corrigible

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with Anu Garg

wieldy

PRONUNCIATION:
(WEEL-dee)

MEANING:
adjective: Easily handled or managed.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English wealdan (to rule). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wal- (to be strong) that gave us the words valiant, avail, valor, value, valetudinarian, countervail, and polyvalent.]

USAGE:
"What Lotus means, of course, is that the Exige [car] is small and wieldy; that it can out-corner a mosquito."
Michael Booth; On Wheels: Lotus Exige S; The Independent (London, UK); Sep 3, 2006.

See more usage examples of wieldy in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Although a democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back, it nonetheless has the upper hand. -Aharon Barak, law professor, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel (b.1936)

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