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06/25/18 04:23 PM
Recently an infestation of Japanese beetles has been decimating my grapes, time for insecticide. (14)
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06/25/18 02:26 PM

MALFEASANCE

PRONUNCIATION: (mal-FEE-zuhns)

MEANING: noun: An illegal action, especially by a public official.

NOTES: Not all members of a family are alike though they may have things in common. Two sisters of malfeasance are:
nonfeasance: a failure to act where there’s an obligation to
misfeasance: an unlawful exercise of a lawful act

ETYMOLOGY: From Anglo-Norman malfaisance (wrongdoing), from Latin malefacere (to do wrong), from mal- (bad) + facere (to do). Earliest documented use: 1663.
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MALLFEASANCE - shoplifting

MELFEASANCE - voicing Warner Brothers cartoon characters

MALFEESANCE - demanding a kickback

MALFEASTANCE - gluttony

MAL Fe: A SEANCE - evil iron communicates with the spirits of the Dead
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06/25/18 04:51 AM
BEOWULF

E > L

BOWLFUL
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06/25/18 12:21 AM
Daily beatings were a widely accepted feature of school life until quite recently. (13)
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06/24/18 05:28 PM

BEFOUL

add W

BEOWULF
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06/24/18 04:15 PM
W > B



BEFOUL
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06/24/18 02:43 AM
Activities for the College World Series have been going on here daily. (12)
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06/24/18 01:35 AM

FLOWER

E --> U

WOEFUL
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06/24/18 01:30 AM

Opening ceremonies will be Monday, averting any conflict with weekend activities. (11)
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06/24/18 01:21 AM
Dressed in ermine, the Lords gathered for the State Opening. (10)
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06/24/18 01:15 AM
FELLOW

L > R

FLOWER
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06/22/18 02:48 PM

BLURB

PRONUNCIATION: (bluhrb)

MEANING: noun: A short description of a creative work, such as a book, film, etc. used for promotional purposes.
verb tr.: To write a brief description of a creative work.

ETYMOLOGY: coined by Gelett Burgess (1866-1951) for promoting his book Are You a Bromide?. The dust jacket of this book featured a Miss Belinda Blurb singing its praises. Earliest documented use: 1914
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BOURB - a preferred drink for some, on current foreshortened lingo

BLURE - not as good for catching fish as an a-lure

BLEURB - running-back for the Cheeseheads football team
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06/22/18 02:02 AM
The diagram drawn to explain
The work flow was dense and arcane.
Achieving a pass
In that difficult class
Drove management students insane.

BITTEREST - BLANK
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06/21/18 01:58 PM

INSCAPE

PRONUNCIATION: (IN-skayp)

MEANING: noun: The unique essence of a person, place, or thing, especially as expressed in a work of art such as a poem.

ETYMOLOGY: Coined by the poet and priest Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) who, in turn, was inspired by the philosopher Duns Scotus (c. 1266-1308). Earliest documented use: 1868.
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INSHAPE - the form of your concavity

INSCOPE - elected politicians deal with adversity

GINSCAPE - how the world looks after you've had too many martinis
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06/21/18 05:02 AM
A > E


FELLOW
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06/21/18 12:27 AM

OFFALY

Y --> W

FALLOW
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06/21/18 12:24 AM

GOOGOL

PRONUNCIATION: (GOO-gol, -guhl)

MEANING: noun: A number equivalent to 1 followed by 100 zeros (10^100).

ETYMOLOGY: Coined by Milton Sirotta, nine-year-old nephew of the mathematician Edward Kasner. Earliest documented use: 1940.
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GOÖDOL - a very large number, but incomplete

MOOGOL - head of a large dairy conglomerate

GOOGNOL - a grand British Punch-and-Judy show
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*a googolplex is 10^googol, i.e. 1 followed by a googol zeroes
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06/20/18 01:07 PM
PLAYOFF

- P

OFFALY
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06/19/18 01:51 PM

AGNOSTIC

PRONUNCIATION: (ag-NOS-tik)

MEANING: noun: 1. One who believes that the existence of god is unknown or unknowable.
2. One who is noncommittal about something.
adjective: 1. Believing that the existence of god is unknown or unknowable.
2. Noncommittal.
3. Compatible with many platforms: not limited to a particular software, technology, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: Coined by the biologist Thomas Henry Huxley in 1869. From Greek a- (not) + gnosis (knowledge). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gno- (to know), which also gave us knowledge, prognosis, ignore, narrate, normal, know, can, notorious, notice, connoisseur, recognize, diagnosis, ignore, annotate, noble, narrate, anagnorisis (the moment of recognition), prosopagnosia (inability to recognize faces), and gnomon (raised arm of a sundial). Earliest documented use: 1869.
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AGRO-STIC - a primitive plow

Ag-NOSIC - I know there's silver in this mine; I can just smell it!

WAGNOSTIC - eschew the philosophy of Theodore Roosevelt; correlate of "Speak loudly!"
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