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ILIAD

PRONUNCIATION: (IL-ee-uhd)

MEANING: noun:
1. A long narrative, especially an epic poem describing martial exploits.
2. A long series of miseries or disasters.

ETYMOLOGY: After Iliad, a Greek epic poem traditionally attributed to Homer. From Ilion, ancient Greek name of the city of Troy, an area now in modern Turkey. Earliest documented use: 1579.

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PILIAD - after pilus, ancient Latin name for a hair-like appendage.

1. a hair-raising tale;
2. a marketing message that makes you want to tear your hair out

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ILIAR – A long narrative, especially an epic poem describing events that I've totally fabricated.

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GILIAD- an epic series of events surrounding a stranded salior who is further surrounded by Mary Ann and a movie star and other zany people. He is continually perplexed.

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You forgot to mention that there is a palm in Giliad!

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DAMASK

PRONUNCIATION: (DAM-uhsk)

MEANING:
noun: 1. A reversible fabric with a pattern woven into it, used for table linen, upholstery, etc.
2. Short for damask rose.
3. The color of damask rose: grayish red or pink.
4. Short for damask steel.
5. Wavy markings on such steel.
adjective: 1. Made of or resembling damask.
2. Having the color of damask rose.
verb tr.: 1. To decorate or weave with richly-figured designs.
2. To inlay a metal object with gold or silver patterns; to gild.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Damascus, where this fabric was first produced. Earliest documented use: 1325.

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(Is he being syrious?)

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DAMARK - 1. Fabric with a stain on both sides that no one can touch, giving rise to the phrase "being wide of Damark"
2. Copenhagen and environs, when the sun is shining

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DUMASK, verb: to pose a thoughtless or stupid question.
also: DIMASK

noun: One who poses such a question.

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DAMARK asked, the pickpocket answered...

"Listen, Dumask, I da pickpocket, you damark."

(futher proof there ain't no balm in Damask)

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bloviate

PRONUNCIATION: (BLO-vee-ayt)
MEANING:
verb intr.: To speak pompously.
ETYMOLOGY:
Pseudo-Latin alteration of blow (to boast). Earliest documented use: 1845.
USAGE:
"All you cinephiles who like to find grand statements and social criticism in horror movies, prepare to bloviate. It's midnight at the Tribeca Film Festival."
Neil Genzlinger; Scare Me, Sure, But Also Make A Statement; The New York Times; Apr 18, 2013.
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BLOGIATE - to swagger on the net without the world knowing that you swag without wearing any underwear.

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BOVIATE

PRONUNCIATION: (BO-vee-ayt)
MEANING:
verb intr.: To speak like a cow, often crudely, sometimes with unpleasant gases issuing from the rear. Often hard to distinguish from BLOVIATE, where the gas issues from the front.
ETYMOLOGY:
Latin bos, genitive bovis, = ox, cow

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skulduggery

PRONUNCIATION: (skuhl-DUHG-uh-ree)
MEANING:
noun: Underhand dealing: trickery, bribery, etc.
ETYMOLOGY:
An American coinage, apparently from the alteration of Scots sculduddery (fornication, obscenity). Earliest documented use: 1867.
USAGE:
"In the 1980s [the Vatican Bank] was accused of involvement in financial skulduggery and responsibility for the still-mysterious death of a prominent Italian banker, Roberto Calvi."
God's Bankers; The Economist (London, UK); Jul 7, 2012.
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A grain of poetry suffices to season a century. -José Martí, revolutionary and poet (1853-1895)
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SKILDUGGERY - high order duggery. ex: the duggery at the Vatican.

Comment on the THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
It seems the media has seasoned the 21st Century with a hatred for all things American; football, motherhood, and apple pie. - Rice Miller, bluesman and poet (1898-1963)

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SKULDRUGGERY - "This is your brain on dope"

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