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I can't think of a good "U" word - do you s'pose Friday's word might be SYZYGY ?

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IMPRIMIS

PRONUNCIATION: (im-PRY-mis, -PREE-)

MEANING: adverb: In the first place.

ETYMOLOGY: From contraction of Latin phrase in primis (among the first), from in (among) and primus (first). The word was originally used to introduce the first of a number of articles in a list, such as a will, an inventory, etc. Earliest documented use: 1465.

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JIMPRIMIS - King James the First

IMIPRIMIS - old tricyclic anti-depressent brand name that never caught on

IMPIRIMIS - Hello, Thisbe!

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POLTROON

PRONUNCIATION: (pol-TROON)

MEANING: noun: An utter coward.

ETYMOLOGY: From French poltron (coward), from Italian poltrone (lazy person), from Latin pullus (young animal). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pau- (few, little), which is also the source of few, foal, filly, pony, poor, pauper, poco, and catchpole. Earliest documented use: 1529.

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POLTOON - a political cartoon, like Doonesbury

POLTROOP - bussed-in voters

POLTRODON - a small dinosaur with teeth like a chicken's

wofahulicodoc #220480 03/06/15 11:30 AM
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POLTRON - subatomic particle with distinct north and south.

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TUMULUS

PRONUNCIATION: (TOO-myuh-luhs, TYOO-)

MEANING: noun:
1. A mound of earth placed over prehistoric tombs. Also known as a barrow.
2. A dome-shaped swelling formed in cooling lava.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin tumere (to swell). Earliest documented use: 1686.
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RUMULUS - the founder of Rome who liked to drink

TUMBULUS - acrobatic

TUMULUST - the state of arousal accompanying an erection

TUTULUS - a tiny Pharaoh
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(sorry, the list started shorter, but it just grew and grew...)

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TUM-U-LES - Brand of weight-loss pill.

TUMULUSH - Beer belly.

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FUMULUS - a giant cursing

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CLERIHEW

PRONUNCIATION: (KLER-uh-hyoo)

MEANING: noun: A humorous, pseudo-biographical verse of four lines of uneven length, with the rhyming scheme AABB, and the first line containing the name of the subject.

ETYMOLOGY: After writer Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956), who originated it. Earliest documented use: 1928. Here is one of his clerihews:

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.”

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CHERIHEW - I cannot tell a lie, Fathler, I did cut down the tree.

CLERIHEM - to shorten priestly robes

CLERIHEE - half of a chuckle, upon reading a humorous short verse with lines of uneven length
(see also CLERIHAW)


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CLEFIHEW - I'm sticking with the bass - can't read the pesky treble stuff.

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EPIGRAM

PRONUNCIATION: (EP-i-gram)

MEANING: noun: A short witty saying, often in verse.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin epigramma, from Greek epigramma, from epigraphein (to write, inscribe), from epi- (upon, after) + graphein (to write). Other words originating from the same root are graphite, paragraph, program, and topography. Earliest documented use: 1552.

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EPIGLAM - Beauty is only skin deep

EPI-RAM - a Shofar (ram's horn)

PI-GRAM - a message sent by wire next Saturday morning at 9:26 (that'd be 3/14/15 9:26...)

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