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SOLECISM

PRONUNCIATION: (SOL-i-siz-ehm, SO-li-)

MEANING: noun:
1. A grammatical mistake or a nonstandard usage.
2. A breach of etiquette.
3. An error, inconsistency, or impropriety.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin soloecismus, from Greek soloikismos, from soloikos (speaking incorrectly; literally, inhabitant of Soloi) after Soloi, an ancient Athenian colony in Cilicia where a dialect considered as substandard was spoken. Earliest documented use: 1577.
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SOLECISTM - the Sun, the Earth, and all the associated moons and satellites and asteroids and comets

SOLE-COSM - the flip side of the Multiverse

SOLE-ISM - a firm belief in the sanctity of one's Immortal Shoe

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MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

PRONUNCIATION: (man-CHOOR-ee-uhn KAN-di-det)

MEANING: noun: A person, especially a politician, acting as a puppet of a foreign power.

ETYMOLOGY: From the novel The Manchurian Candidate (1959) by Richard Condon. The term was popularized by a film (same title, 1962) based on the book. Manchuria is a region in the east between China and Russia. Earliest documented use: 1975.
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MANCHURIAN CANIDATE - stranger running for dog officer...

MANCHURIAN CANADATE - ...in Ottawa...

ANCHOVIAN CANDIDATE - ...there's something fishy going on here!


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DUNKIRK

PRONUNCIATION: (DUN-kurk)

MEANING: noun:
1. A desperate evacuation or retreat.
2. A crisis requiring drastic measures to avoid total disaster.

ETYMOLOGY: After Dunkirk (in French, Dunkerque), a seaport and town in northern France. In World War II, it was the site of evacuation of more than 330,000 Allied troops by sea while under German fire during May-June 1940. Earliest documented use: 1941.
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DUNK IRE - anger at being shoved unexpectedly into the swimming pool

DUNG IRK - ..and clean up after your @#$$%& elephants!

DUN KIRK - when the Scottish church won't pay its bills

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SIBERIA

PRONUNCIATION: (sy-BEER-ee-uh)

MEANING: noun: An undesirable or isolated location assigned to those who have fallen out of favor or are being disciplined.

ETYMOLOGY: After Siberia, a vast region of central and eastern Russia, used as a place of exile by Russia under the tsars and by the USSR. Earliest documented use: 1841. See also: gulag.
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SOBERIA - the Holy Grail of alcoholics

I, BERIA - autobiography of a Communist

S.I. BERRA - Yankee catcher has another career working for Sports Illustrated magazine

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ULTIMA THULE

PRONUNCIATION: (UL-tuh-muh THOO-lee)

MEANING: noun:
1. The northernmost part of the world believed habitable by the ancients.
2. A distant or remote goal or place.
3. The farthest point.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin ultima (farthest) + Thule, a place believed by ancient people to be the northernmost, variously identified as Iceland, Norway, Greenland, or Shetland Islands. Earliest documented use: 1771.
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ALTIMA THULE - what you use to repair a Nissan (H pronounced as in "Thomas")
(also Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, for that matter)

ULTIMAT YULE - last Christmas

MULTI-MATH ULE - a low-energy technology with much mathematical underpinning

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HYPOCORISTIC

PRONUNCIATION: (hy-puh-kuh-RIS-tik, hip-uh-)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to a pet name or diminutive form of a name.
noun: A pet name or diminutive form of a name.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek hypokoristikos, from hypokorizesthai (to call by pet names), from hypo- (under) + kor- (child). Ultimately from Indo-European root ker- (to grow), which is also the source of other words such as increase, recruit, crew, crescent, cereal, concrete, crescendo, sincere, and Spanish crecer (to grow). Earliest documented use: 1796.
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HYPNOCORISTIC - putting the kids to sleep; lullaby-like

HYPOCHORISTIC - singing under your breath

THY POCO-RISTIC - your little flick of the hand

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FILIATION

PRONUNCIATION: (fil-ee-AY-shuhn)

MEANING: noun:
1. The fact of being descended or derived from someone or something.
2. The act of determining such relationship.
3. Forming of a new branch.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin filius (son). Earliest documented use: 1529.
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FIFIATION - transforming into a French poodle

CILIATION - developing hairlike projections all over

FILIATIRON - ferromagnetic wiring

FILINATION - a country of form-filler-outers

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TEKNONYMY - (or TECNONYMY)

PRONUNCIATION: (tek-NON-uh-mee)

MEANING: noun: The custom of naming a parent after their child.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek teknon (child) + -onym (name). Earliest documented use: 1888.

NOTES: If you have ever called your spouse Billy’s Dad or Billy’s Mom, you have practiced teknonymy. When we refer to a parent as a senior, as in Bush Sr. (or, to get fancy, Bush père), we are also doing a kind of teknonymy. It’s just that in some cultures teknonymy is practiced more formally and a parent is renamed after the birth of the first child. There are many reasons for using teknonymy. In some cultures, it’s considered taboo to call certain relations by name (as in the usage example below). Sometimes, it’s convenience. You may not know or remember the names of your child’s friends’ parents, for example, so you resort to teknonymy.
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TECH NO NY MY - No electronics in New York City? Amazing!

TECNOZYMY - genecically-engineered yeast

TECHNONYMY - web-surfing in incognito mode

TREKNONYMY - nobody knows the names of Picard and crew in this adventure that takes place in the Holodeck

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PUERPERAL

PRONUNCIATION: (pyoo-UHR-puhr-uhl)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to childbirth or following childbirth.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin puerpera (woman who has given birth), from puer (child) + -para (carrying), from parere (to bear). The Latin puer is ultimately from the Indo-European root pau- (few, little), which is also the source of few, foal, filly, pony, poor, pauper, poco, puerile, poltroon, pullulate, punchinello, and catchpole. Earliest documented use: 1716.
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GUERPERAL - warring

PUER-PERIAL - His Exalted Majesty is still only six

PUERTERAL - portly

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PEDANTIC

PRONUNCIATION: (puh-DAN-tik)

MEANING: adjective: Characterized by an excessive, narrow adherence to rules without practical judgment.

ETYMOLOGY: From French pédant or Italian pedante, perhaps from Latin paedagogare (to teach). Earliest documented use: 1607.
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PET ANTIC - my little doggie does the cutest trick

PEDIANTIC - and so does my kid

SEDAN TIC - my car gets a twitch at 31 mph

FED ANTIC - what's the Federal Reserve Bank trying to do now?

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