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EUDEMONIC

PRONUNCIATION: (yoo-di-MON-ik)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to or conducive to happiness.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek eudaimonia (happiness), from eudaimon (having a good genius, happy), from eu- (good) + daimon (spirit, fate, fortune). Earliest documented use: 1832.

NOTES: This is a happy word; nothing demonic about it, except in the etymology.
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FEUDEMONC - a devilish argument

EUDEMANIC - status after the ups and downs of bipolar disorder have been exorcised

EUDAMONIC - like a true friend of Pythias

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TRADECRAFT

PRONUNCIATION: (TRAYD-kraft)

MEANING: noun: The techniques and methods of espionage and clandestine operations.

ETYMOLOGY: From trade, from Middle Dutch / Middle Low German trade (path, course) + craft, from Old English craeft (strength, power). Earliest documented use: 1812.

NOTES: The word tradecraft is not a synonym of Etsy. It has nothing to do with trading and nothing to do with needlework or pottery either. OK, in the beginning it did mean skill in a particular craft, but since the 1950s it’s mostly used to talk about spying skills. One example of tradecraft is steganography.
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TRADER AFT - there's a merchant at the rear of the boat

TIRADECRAFT - how to argue loudly and at great length

TRADE CROFT - tomb artifacts for sale by Lara

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ROADSTEAD

PRONUNCIATION: (ROHD-sted)

MEANING: noun: A partly sheltered stretch of water near the shore where ships can anchor. Also called roads.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English rad (riding, journey on horseback) + Old English stede (place). Earliest documented use: 1351.
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ROAD STEAM - when a sunshower interrupts a hot summer day

ROADSTER AD - Get your Chevrolet today!

ROAD STRAD - the violin Josh Bell took to play on tour

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SUDARIUM

PRONUNCIATION: (soo-DAY-ree-uhm)

MEANING: noun: A handkerchief.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin sudare (to sweat). Earliest documented use: 1609.
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SUDASIUM - a hybrid flower produced by crossing a Daisy with a Black-Eyed Susan

SUDSARIUM - brewery showcase (see also BUDARIUM)

STUDARIUM - place where they showcase simple earrings
(Don't tell me you were expecting a display of Chippendales?)

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OTHERGUESS

PRONUNCIATION: (UHTH-uhr-ges)

MEANING: adjective: Of another kind.

ETYMOLOGY: An alteration of othergates, from other + gate (path), from Old Norse gata. Earliest documented use: 1632.
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MOTHERGUESS - eyes in the back of her head

OCHERGUESS - just what kind of yellow is that?

OTHERGUESTS - title of the Infinite "Number of Hotel Rooms" paradox

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SUPERLUNARY

PRONUNCIATION: (soo-puhr-LOON-uh-ree)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Situated beyond the moon.
2. Celestial; exalted.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin superlunaris, from super- (above) + luna (moon). Earliest documented use: 1614. The opposite is sublunary.
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SUPER LUNA RAY - the Moon Men have an unstoppable weapon

SUPER-FUNARY - a fantastically good time

CUPERTUNARY - where Apple designed their first all-in-one computers

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MENISCUS

PRONUNCIATION: (mi-NIS-kuhs)

MEANING: noun
1. The curved surface of a column of liquid.
2. Something having a crescent-shape.
3. A lens that is concave on one side and convex on the other.
4. A thin cartilage disk between bones in a joint, such as in a knee or wrist.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin, from Greek meniskos (crescent), diminutive of mene (moon). Earliest documented use: 1686.
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MENI’S CUB - What do you call the young son of Meni, the Lion King?

AMEN IS. 'CUS. - What's the last word of many hymns, and why?

ME? DISCUS - What's your event in the track meet?

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MOONSTRUCK

PRONUNCIATION: (MOON-struhk)

MEANING: adjective:
1. In a dreamy state.
2. Romantically dazed.
3. Mentally deranged.

ETYMOLOGY: From the belief that a person behaving erratically was under the influence of the moon. From moon + struck, past participle of strike, from Old English strican. Earliest documented use: 1674.

NOTES: The moon never made anyone loony, but it’s a popular excuse for erratic behavior. No one is turning into a werewolf, whether it’s a full-moon or new moon. See this article Lunacy and the Full Moon from the Scientific American.
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MORON'S TRUCK - You mean that idiot has a tractor-trailer rig?

MUON STRUCK - hit by a subatomic particle

MOON STRUNK - make a derisive gesture at the co-author of a prominent Style Handbook

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BLUE MOON

PRONUNCIATION: (BLOO moon)

MEANING: noun: A long time.

ETYMOLOGY From blue, from Old French bleu + moon, from Old English mona. Earliest documented use: 1702.

NOTES: The term typically appears in the phrase “once in the blue moon”, meaning rarely or not often. In reality, a blue moon occurs on average once every 2.7 years. So what is a blue moon? Well, in a year you see 12 full moons, but sometimes there’s a bonus full moon. This extra full moon is called a blue moon, though it’s not really blue.a cartoon that depicts prurient themesons. If there are four, the third full moon is called a blue moon.

Sometimes, the moon actually shows up in blue, but it has nothing to do with the above discussion -- nothing to do with a full moon. The color is due to the smoke or dust particles from forest fires, volcanic eruptions, etc.

So why is that extra moon called a blue moon? Nobody knows. Perhaps the literal blue moon got conflated with the extra full moon because both occurrences are unusual and don’t occur that often,
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BLUE TOON - a cartoon that depicts prurient themes

BLÉ MOON - the full moon that occurs during the wheat harvest, usually June or July for spring wheat

BLUE MORN - the sun rose revealing a cloudless sky

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LUNULE

PRONUNCIATION: (LOON-yool)

MEANING: noun:
1. The crescent-shaped whitish area at the base of the fingernail.
2. Any crescent-shaped mark, object, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From French lunule, From Latin lunula, diminutive of luna (moon). Earliest documented use: 1737. Also known as lunula.
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L'UNCLE - husband of l'aunt

LUNGULE - a small sub-part of an organ of breathing

FUNULE - basic unit of enjoyment. Maximum value = exhilaration

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