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SOI-DISANT

PRONUNCIATION: (swa-dee-ZAN)

MEANING: adjective: Self-styled; so-called.

ETYMOLOGY: From French soi-disant (self-styled, so-called) from soi (oneself) + disant (saying). Earliest documented use: 1752.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. -William Pitt, British prime minister (28 May 1759-1806)
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SO I.D. ISN'T - and therefore no on can tell who I am...

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LAISSER-ALLER

PRONUNCIATION: (les-ay-ah-LAY)

MEANING: noun: Unrestrained freedom.

ETYMOLOGY: From French laisser-aller (to allow to go). Earliest documented use: 1842.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. -John F. Kennedy, 35th US president (29 May 1917-1963)
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BLAISSER-ALLER - Thank Goodness he's going

LAISSER-ALTER - take it to the tailor, it needs to be let out a little across the shoulders

LA KISSER-ALLER -
1. (French) Loves 'em and leaves 'em
2. (English) promiscuous


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SINECURE

PRONUNCIATION: (SY-ni-kyoor, SIN-i-)

MEANING: noun: A position in which one is paid for little or no work.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin beneficium sine cura (a church position not involving caring for the souls of the parishioners), from sine (without) + cura (care). Earliest documented use: 1662.

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: War is merely the continuation of policy by other means. -Carl von Clausewitz, general and military theorist (1 Jun 1780-1831
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SEINECURÉ - the priest in Notre Dame cathedral

SHINECURE - fighting depression with high-gloss shoes

SINECURVE - ~

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PATHOGRAPHY

PRONUNCIATION: (puh-THOG-ruh-fee)

MEANING: noun: A biography that focuses on the negative.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek patho- (suffering, disease) + -graphy (writing). In the beginning, pathography was a description of a disease. Then the word came to be applied to the study of an individual or a community as relating to the influence of a disease. Now the term mostly refers to a biography focusing on the negative. Earliest documented use: 1848.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: The business of the poet and the novelist is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things. -Thomas Hardy, novelist and poet (2 Jun 1840-1928)

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PATH-O-GRAPH® - A toy that draws mazes

PATIOGRAPHY - The Art of Terrazzo

PLATHOGRAPHY - Who Is Sylvia?

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PERFORMATIVE

PRONUNCIATION: (puhr-FOR-muh-tiv)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to a statement that functions as an action by the fact of its being uttered.

NOTES: Some examples of performative utterances are I promise, I apologize, I bet, I resign, etc. By saying I promise a person actually performs the act of promising.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French parfournir, from par (through) + fournir (to furnish). Earliest documented use: 1922.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: There is nothing more dangerous than a government of the many controlled by the few. -Lawrence Lessig, professor and political activist (b. 3 Jun 1961)
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APERFORMATIVE - monkey-shaped

PERFORATIVE - pointed

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STRIDULATE

PRONUNCIATION: (STRIJ-uh-layt)

MEANING: verb intr.: To make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing body parts together.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin stridere (to make a harsh sound). Earliest documented use: 1838.

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you've got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience...Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat, and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference. -Robert Fulghum, author (b. 4 Jun 1937)

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STRIDULANTE - to make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing together a few chips as you throw them onto the poker table to start the next pot

STRIPULATE - what you may be told when you're tardy at the nudist camp

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MALA FIDE

PRONUNCIATION: (MAL-uh FY-dee)

MEANING: adverb, adjective: In bad faith.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin mala fide, from malus (bad) + fides (faith). Earliest documented use: 1561.
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MAILAF.I.D.E. - send a letter to the World Chess Federation

MALAFIDO - Bad dog!

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ANTIMACASSAR

PRONUNCIATION: (an-ti-muh-KAS-suhr)

MEANING: noun: A piece of covering placed over the back or arms of a seat to protect from hair oil, dirt, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From anti- (against) + Macassar oil (a hair oil), said to be made from ingredients from Macassar (now spelled as Makassar), a city in Indonesia. Earliest documented use: 1852.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: The memory of most men is an abandoned cemetery where lie, unsung and unhonored, the dead whom they have ceased to cherish. -Marguerite Yourcenar, novelist (8 Jun 1903-1987)

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ANTIMACATSAR - against selecting an Irishman to be the ruler of all Russia

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PODUNK

PRONUNCIATION: (POH-dungk)

MEANING: noun: A small, unimportant town.

ETYMOLOGY: Podunk is the name of a river and a native tribe in Connecticut. Over time the name came to be used for several small towns including a mythical small and insignificant town. Earliest documented use: 1657.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director. -Cole Porter, composer and songwriter (9 Jun 1893-1964)
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PODUCK - Daffy has lost all his money

IODUNK - an antiseptic to dip your boo-boo in

PRODUNK - LeBron James at work

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POBUNK POLITICIANS whenever they open their mouths.


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