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FRONTISPIECE

PRONUNCIATION: (FRUN-ti-spees)

MEANING: noun:
1. An illustration facing or preceding the title page of a book.
2. A facade, especially an ornamental facade, of a building.
3. An ornamental pediment over a door or window.

ETYMOLOGY: The word was formed by corruption of French frontispice by association with the word ‘piece’. It’s from Latin frontispicium (facade), from front- (front) + specere (to look). Ultimately from the Indo-European root spek- (to observe), which also gave us spy, spice, species, suspect, expect, spectrum, despise, despicable, bishop, telescope, specious, speciesism, soupcon, prospicient, perspicuous, speculum, omphaloskepsis, and conspectus. Earliest documented use: 1598.

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FRONDISPIECE - many leaflets of a fern, all on one single stem

FRONTISPICE - the most prominent condiment in the cabinet, often a chili or a curry

FRONTISPIERCE - a direct attack from straight ahead using a sharp instrument


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PIACULAR

PRONUNCIATION: (pie-AK-yuh-luhr)

MEANING: adjective: Making or requiring atonement.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin piare (to appease). Earliest documented use: 1606.
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PIARCULAR - extending half-way around a circle (measured in radians)

SPIACULAR - the latest James Bond flick

APIACULAR - a truly overwhelming swarm of bees

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PIOCULAR (also pinocular) - glasses with piarcular lenses

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DEMOTIC

PRONUNCIATION: (di-MOT-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: Relating to common people; popular.
noun: Modern Greek.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek demos (people). Earliest documented use: 1782.
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DEMONTIC - gives the worst Lyme infection ever

DEMOTEC - computerized Show-and-Tell

DEMOSTIC - Superglue



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PARSIMONY

PRONUNCIATION: (PAR-si-mo-nee)

MEANING: noun: Excessive frugality; stinginess.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin parsimonia, from parcere (to spare). Earliest documented use: 1475.
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PARISIMONY - how you finance the trip to France after the divorce

FARSIMONY - "pool" is as close a transliteration as I can find, written as one of these. The currency of Iran is the rial.

PARSIPONY - a town in New Jersey

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PARSNIMONY – 1. Mon(e)y is the root of all evil. 2. A replacement for the gold standard.

PARSIMON
– A tree that is reluctant to give up its orange fruit.

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GAUCHERIE

PRONUNCIATION: (goh-shuh-REE)

MEANING: noun: A lack of tact or grace; also an instance of this.

ETYMOLOGY: From French gauche (literally left-handed, awkward), from gauchir (to turn). Earliest documented use: 1798.
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GAUCHO-ERIE - folly on the pampas

LAUCHERIE - underwear for Cape Canaveral

GACHERIE - gourmet food for Klingons

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VALENCE

PRONUNCIATION: (VAY-luhns)

MEANING: noun:
1. The combining capacity of an atom or a group of atoms to form molecules.
2. The capacity of someone or something to affect another.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin valentia (power, worth, or strength), from valere (to be well or strong). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wal- (to be strong) that also gave us valiant, avail, valor, value, wieldy, countervail, valetudinarian, and valorize, Earliest documented use: 1425.
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VALENE - one of the ameno acids

VIALENCE(1) - the orchestral string section

VIALENCE(2) - riot in the perfume-bottling factory

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PERSONALTY

PRONUNCIATION: (PUHR-suh-nuhl-tee)

MEANING: noun: Personal property: movable property, as contrasted with real estate.

ETYMOLOGY: From Anglo-French personalté, from Latin personalitas, from persona (mask, person), from Etruscan phersu, from Greek prosopa (face, mask). Earliest documented use: 1528.
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PERSONALTA - a high muckety-muck of the feminine gender

PERSONASTY - any one of many unpleasant folk

PARSONALTY - things owned by a local church officer

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TRUCHMAN

PRONUNCIATION: (TRUHCH-muhn)

MEANING: noun: An interpreter.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin turchemannus, from Arabic tarjuman, from Aramaic turgemana, from Akkadian targumanu (interpreter). Earliest documented use: 1485.
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TRACHMAN - the guy who puts the hole in your throat so you can breathe better

TRUTHMAN - a Fair Witness, male gender

TRUCHBAN - no cargo vehicles with more than two axles allowed

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