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SODDEN-WITTED

PRONUNCIATION: (SOD-en-wit-id)

MEANING: adjective: Dull.

ETYMOLOGY: From Middle English soden (boiled), past participle of sethen (to boil) + wit (mental capacity). Earliest documented use: 1609, in Troilus and Cressida.
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SUDDEN-WITTED - abruptly became smart

SHODDEN-WITTED - comfortably funny, like an old shoe

SODDEN-WILTED - all wet and floppy

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SCULLION

PRONUNCIATION: (SKUL-yen)

MEANING: noun:
1. A servant who does menial work in a kitchen, such as washing dishes.
2. A lowly or contemptible person.

ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin, probably from Old French escouvillon (dishcloth, mop), diminutive of escouve (broom), from Latin scopa (broom) or from scullery (a small kitchen), from Old French escuele (dish), from Latin scutella, diminutive of scutra (pan). Earliest documented use: 1483.
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CULLION - one who has been removed from a group in order to leave more room and resources for others more fit

SCULLIN' - rowin' down the river

SCULL ICON - part of a pirates' flag

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KNOTTY-PATED

PRONUNCIATION: (NOT-ee-pay-tid)

MEANING: adjective: Blockheaded or thickheaded.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English cnotta (knot) + pate (head). Earliest documented use: 1598.
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KNOTTY-RATED - measured speed in the water

KNOTTY-PATHED - without a simple, direct route from one end to the other

SNOTTY-PATED - wipes his nose on his hair

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GORBELLIED

PRONUNCIATION: (GOR-bel-eed)

MEANING: adjective: Having a large belly: fat.

ETYMOLOGY: From gorbelly (large belly), from gor (gore) + belly, from Old English belig (bag). Earliest documented use: 1529.
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GO REBEL LIED - enthusiastic dissident was not truthful

GOBEL-LIED - Lonesome George (50s TV comedian) sang in Berlin

IGOR-BELLIED - the Mad Scientist's assistant who enjoyed his beer too much

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HEBETIC

PRONUNCIATION: (hi-BET-ik)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to or happening at puberty.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek hebe (youth). Earliest documented use: 19th c. Also see hebephrenia.
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SHEBETIC - the high blood sugar sometimes seen in pregnancy

HEMETIC - makes you vomit blood

HE-BEST-IC - fixated on being first, even among equals

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EVENTIDE

PRONUNCIATION: (EE-vuhn-tyd)

MEANING: noun: The evening time.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English aefentid, from aefen (evening) + tid (time). Earliest documented use: before 1000.
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SEVENTIDE - the boat will sail at 7:05

EVERTIDE - brand of shoelaces that will never come undone

OVENTIDE - detergent that cleans even at high temperatures

EVENTIRE - so your vehicle will give you an EVENRIDE

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CACOPHONY

PRONUNCIATION: (kuh-KOF-uh-nee)

MEANING: noun: A harsh mixture of sounds.

ETYMOLOGY: From French cacophonie, from Greek kakophonia (harsh sounding), from kakos (bad) + phone (sound). Kakos is ultimately from the Indo-European root kakka-/kaka- (to defecate), which also gave us poppycock, cucking stool, cacology, and cacography. Earliest documented use: 1656.
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CACO-PONY - what has to be here somewhere 'cuz there's so much manure, according to the happy little boy mucking the stable

COCOPHONY - a bottle of cheap scent labelled "Chanel # 5000"

CACOPHONE - a musical instrument known for its raucous, unpleasant sound

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INDEFEASIBLE

PRONUNCIATION: (in-di-FEE-zuh-buhl)

MEANING: adjective: Not subject to being revised, defeated, or annulled.

ETYMOLOGY: From in- (not) + defeasible, from Old French desfaire (to undo or destroy), from Latin dis- (apart, away) + facere (to do). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dhe- (to set or put), which is also the source of do, deed, factory, fashion, face, rectify, defeat, sacrifice, satisfy, Sanskrit sandhi (joining), Urdu purdah (veil or curtain), and Russian duma (council). Earliest documented use: 1548.
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INDEFENSIBLE - can't be defended or supported

INDYFEASIBLE - Ya know, we just might do OK in this big auto race, come Memorial Day

SINDEFEASIBLE - this could be a good place to establish the India/West Pakistan border

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CONTUMACY

PRONUNCIATION: (KON-too/tyoo-muh-see)

MEANING: noun: Stubborn rebelliousness or insubordination.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin contumacia, from contumax (insolent). Earliest documented use: 1386.
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COSTUMACY - a Masquerade Ball

CON TO MACY - what Gimbels' scheme looked like to his competitor

CONTAMACY - spoiling with germs

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THINKO

PRONUNCIATION: (THING-koh)

MEANING: noun: A careless error in thinking.

ETYMOLOGY: From think, formed on the pattern of typo (typographical error). Earliest documented use: 1990s.

NOTES: When someone makes a typo and spells “teh” instead of “the”, it’s not that they don’t know the spelling of the word “the”. A thinko works the same way: it’s a glitch in one’s thinking, perhaps due to a distraction, tiredness, etc.
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THINKA - famous Rodin sculpture on loan to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts

THICKO - antisocial psychopath with a list

THINNO - opposite of a thicko

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