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aa

PRONUNCIATION:
(AH-ah)


MEANING:
noun: Lava having a rough surface.


ETYMOLOGY:
From Hawaiian aa (to burn). Earliest documented use: 1859.


NOTES:
Aa is one of the two kinds of lava typically found in Hawaiian volcanoes. The other kind is pahoehoe, one with a smooth, ropy surface.

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Xa:

1. a clotting factor, after which was named the anti-coagulant Xarelto, of TV advertising notoriety fame. That's pronounced "Ten-a," 'cuz it's a Roman number

2. half of a Latin American dance (if you make it Greek ("Cha") instead of Latin as above)

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I'll be Away From Keyboard for the next week or so; I hope someone else can take the daily ritual during that time...

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thanks, that's the limit of my textese.


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futilitarian

PRONUNCIATION:
(fyoo-til-i-TAR-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Devoted to futile pursuits.
2. Holding the belief that human striving is useless.

noun:
1. A person devoted to futile pursuits.
2. One who believes that human striving is useless.

ETYMOLOGY:
A blend of futile and utilitarian. Earliest documented use: 1827.

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FUSILITARIAN — Useful in the employment of flintlock muskets.

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SHADCHAN

PRONUNCIATION: (SHAHT-khuhn)

MEANING: noun: A matchmaker or a marriage-broker.

ETYMOLOGY: From Yiddish shadkhan, from Hebrew. Earliest documented use: 1890.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong. -Richard Feynman, physicist, Nobel laureate (11 May 1918-1988)

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SHADCHEN -- a small female German fish

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GUNSEL

PRONUNCIATION: (GUHN-suhl)

MEANING: noun:
1. A gun-carrying criminal.
2. A tramp’s young intimate companion.

ETYMOLOGY: Alteration of the Yiddish genzel (gosling) influenced by the word gun. Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghans- (goose), which also gave us goose, gosling, and gander. Earliest documented use: 1914.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that. -Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, preacher, journalist, and activist (1802-1861)

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HUNSEL - His fairy-tale stepmother took him to the forest to losehim, buthe savedhimself by letting down his golden hair

GURNSEL - a little wheeled stretcher

GUNSELF - I'm really a big shot!


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TUMMLER

PRONUNCIATION: (TOOM-luhr)

MEANING: noun:
1. A comedian, social director, or entertainer who encourages an audience or guests to participate in entertainment activities.
2. One who incites others to action.
3. A lively, mischievous man.

ETYMOLOGY: From Yiddish tumler (one who makes a racket), from tumlen (to make a racket), from German tummeln (to stir). Earliest documented use: 1930s.

NOTES: Catskill resorts in the Catskill Mountains in New York State were a popular vacation destination for Jews during the last century. They were known as the Borscht Belt, after borscht, a type of beet soup popular with Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants. Tummlers were a standard fixture in these resorts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: How simple life becomes when things like mirrors are forgotten. -Daphne du Maurier, novelist (13 May 1907-1989)

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THUMMLER - an expert and enthusistic text-messager

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SHICKER

PRONUNCIATION: (SHIK-uhr)

MEANING:
noun: A drunkard; alcoholic liquor.
adjective: Drunk.
verb intr.: To drink or to get drunk.

ETYMOLOGY: From Yiddish shiker, from Hebrew shikkor, from shakar (to be drunk). Earliest documented use: 1892.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. -Hal Borland, author and journalist (14 May 1900-1978)

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SHTICKER - a drunk Borscht Belt comedian with a clichéd routine


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HEIMISCH

PRONUNCIATION: (HAY-mish, HY-)

MEANING: adjective: Homey; unpretentious.

ETYMOLOGY: From Yiddish heymish (domestic), from Old High German heim (home). Ultimately from the Indo-European root tkei- (to settle or dwell), which also gave us home, haunt, hangar, site, situate, and hamlet. Earliest documented use: 1964.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: I feel fairly certain that my hatred harms me more than the people whom I hate. -Max Frisch, architect, playwright, and novelist (15 May 1911-1991)
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HEIMLISCH - a composer of popular songs, known as much for getting obstructing foreign objects out of people's throat as for putting words and music into their mouth

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