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SHAMELEONIC - that rare occasion when the King of Beasts is abashed

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laugh That's it, you win...this week anyway. "shameleonic" indeed. shocked

But I must admit, Wofa, I will use your term "birdlie" on the links tomorrow, Lord willing and the creek don't rise.

And...if I make a par three green on one. blush

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mumpsimus
PRONUNCIATION:
(MUMP-suh-muhs)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A view stubbornly held in spite of clear evidence that it's wrong.
2. A person who holds such a view.

ETYMOLOGY:
According to an old story, a priest used the nonsense word mumpsimus (instead of Latin sumpsimus) in the Mass. Even when told it was incorrect, he insisted that he had been saying it for 40 years and wouldn't change it. The expression is "quod in ore sumpsimus" ('which we have taken into the mouth'). Earliest documented use: 1530.
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UMPSIMUS - a short-sighted baseball umpire who calls the winning homerun "foul" and then calls the game "over" amidst the ensuing uproar.

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MUMPSIMUSH - the only food a patient with bilateral swollen parotid glands can tolerate

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DUMPSIMUS - the act of firing a foul-mouth early morning radio personality who won't stay fired. (CBS circa 2003)

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fustilarian

PRONUNCIATION: (fuhs-tuh-LAR-ee-uhn)


MEANING: noun: A fat and slovenly person.

ETYMOLOGY: From Middle English fusty (smelly, moldy). Earliest documented use: 1600.
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FAUSTILARIAN - a Ray Bradbury character who made a pact with himself to live forever but died the day Ray died - June 5 2012.

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FUSTAMARIAN - the mostest eagerest gal, on Sadie Hawkins Day

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hobbledehoy

PRONUNCIATION: (HOB-uhl-dee-hoy)

MEANING: noun: An awkward young fellow.

ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1540.

USAGE:
"Burleigh's breathless accounts of the many figures of the British peerage in the story read as though written by some overawed hobbledehoy, someone who fingers the noblemen's lamé draperies in envious amazement and wonders how much they would go for at Wal-Mart."
Simon Winchester; 'The Nation's Attic'; The Boston Globe; Jan 11, 2004.
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HOBBLDEJOY - the sheer joy of pulling down the nobleman's lamé draperies and burning them on his front lawn in celebration of the Fourth of July.

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HOBBLEDAHOY -- Ahab's greeting to another ship from the prow of the Pequod

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makebate

PRONUNCIATION: (MAYK-bayt)

MEANING: noun: One who incites quarrels.

ETYMOLOGY:
From make, from Old English macian (to make) + bate (contention), from Latin battuere (to beat) which also gave us abate, debate, and rebate. Earliest documented use: 1529.

USAGE:
"'You leave my ma out of this, you makebate! She always said you'd end on the gallows, and she was right.'"
Barbara Metzger; Christmas Wishes; Signet; 2010.
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FAKEBATE - American professional wrestling and the Sonny Liston /Cassius Clay Heavyweight 1962 Championship fight.

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