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Jun 24, 2016
This week’s theme
Unusual synonyms

This week’s words
poecilonym
nephalism
tachyphylaxis
nullifidian
marrowsky

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marrowsky

PRONUNCIATION:
(MUH-rau-ski)

MEANING:
noun: Spoonerism: The transposition of (usually) the initial sounds of words producing a humorous result.
For example, “Runny Babbit” instead of “Bunny Rabbit”.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin. Perhaps from the name of a Polish count who was prone to this phenomenon. Earliest documented use: 1863.

USAGE:
“I remember one perfect evening when my friend sparkled with quips, and marrowskies, and anecdotes.”
Vladimir Nabokov; Pale Fire; Putnam; 1962.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
History is a vast early warning system. -Norman Cousins, editor and author (24 Jun 1915-1990)

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