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ACUITY

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-KYOO-i-tee)

MEANING: noun: Sharpness; keenness.

ETYMOLOGY: Via French from Latin acuere (to sharpen). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ak- (sharp), which is also the source of acrid, vinegar, acid, acute, edge, hammer, heaven, eager, oxygen, mediocre, paragon, and acescent. Earliest documented use: 1400.

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AQUITY - watered stock

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AKUITY=High faluttin' cat.

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desuetude

PRONUNCIATION:(DES-wi-tood, -tyood)
MEANING:
noun: A state of disuse.
ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin de- (away from) + suescere (to become accustomed). Earliest documented use: 1623.
USAGE:
"Far from being a high-tech wonder, the Earth Station had a sad, neglected air about it, a feeling of desuetude and abandonment."
Douglas Preston; Impact; Forge Books; 2010.
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DE-SUET-DUDE - de dude who makes de soap.


A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn. -John Updike, writer (1932-2009)
Yeah. That's what I thought about Rabbit Redux. laugh

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DE SUE-TUBE - used by unscrupulous lawyers to record and share videos of their court cases

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TURGID

PRONUNCIATION: (TUR-jid)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Swollen; congested.
2. Pompous; high-flown.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin turgere (to swell). Earliest documented use: 1620.

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STURGID - the fish that gives you black caviar when you have a stuffed nose

SURGID - nametag worn by the doctor who's about to take out your appendix

THURGID - what his friends called the lawyer who Marshalled his arguments to present Brown v. Board of Education to the Supreme Court, years before he was appointed to the bench himself

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TURGRID - the congested morning traffic found in every city where the streets form a grid

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It's best to give while your hand is still warm. -Philip Roth, novelist (b. 1933)

That's easy for you to say, Phillip Roth. blush

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sciolism

PRONUNCIATION: (SY-uh-liz-uhm)
MEANING:
noun: Pretentious display of superficial knowledge.
ETYMOLOGY:
From Late Latin sciolus (smatterer), diminutive of Latin scius (knowing), from scire (to know). Ultimately from the Indo-European root skei- (to cut or split), which also gave us schism, ski, shin, science, conscience, nice, scienter, nescient, exscind, and adscititious. Earliest documented use: 1810.
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SCIOLIST - he who understands that all knowledge is superficial ()

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SCOOLISM - Education, for everybody! (especially spelling)

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SCIOLIS - a little-known Italian pastry dessert

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SCROLISM - the silly flip of a finger that spins a tiny display screen past where you want to stop in poor imitation of real scrolling by a trustworthy desk-top mouse. mad

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