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EXEMPLUM

PRONUNCIATION: (ig-ZEM-pluhm)

MEANING: noun:
1. An example or model.
2. An anecdote used to illustrate a moral truth or support an argument.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin exemplum (example), from eximere (to take out), from ex- (out) + emere (to take). Ultimately from the Indo-European root em- (to take or distribute), which also gave us example, sample, assume, consume, prompt, ransom, vintage, redeem, diriment, subsume, and peremptory. Earliest documented use: 1482.
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EXEMPLUS - add something to XM

EXAM PLUM - a very easy test question

EXEMBLUM - a company's previous logo

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SPLANCHNIC

PRONUNCIATION: (SPLANGK-nik)

MEANING: adjective: Of or relating to the internal organs or viscera.

ETYMOLOGY: From splanchnicus, from Greek splankhnikos, from splankhna (entrails). Earliest documented use: 1694.
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SPLANCH - NICE ! - what a great Cannonball dive that was!

S-PLAN CYNIC - I'm not very optimistic about the nineteenth plan

'SPLAN CHIC - On the other hand, it's very much à la mode...

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SINGULTUS

PRONUNCIATION: (sing-GUHL-tuhs)

MEANING: noun: A hiccup.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin singultus (sob, gasp, hiccup). Earliest documented use: 1754.
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I SINGUL. TU? - Casanova's pickup line

SIN, 'GUSTUS - encourage the Emperor to misbehave

USING "ULTUS" - something never to be done in Latin class

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INDAGATE

PRONUNCIATION: (IN-duh-gayt)

MEANING: verb tr.: To search into; to investigate.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin indagare (to search). Earliest documented use: 1623.
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INDIAGATE - political scandal in New Delhi

WIN DA GATE - take home the door prize at a Brooklyn show

INK A GATE - it happens on Halloween if you ignore "Trick or Treat!"

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EFTSOONS

PRONUNCIATION: (eft-SOONZ)

MEANING: adverb:
1. Soon after.
2. Again.
3. From time to time.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English ęft (again) + sona (soon). Ultimately from the Indo-European root apo- (off or away), which is also the source of after, off, awkward, post, puny, appose, and apposite. Earliest documented use: 1000.
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LEFT'SOON'S - departed at the earliest possible moment

EFT'NOONS - times when the sun is descending

EFTSOOPS - what you make when there are no newts to put in the chowder

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FAUTE DE MIEUX

PRONUNCIATION: (foht duh MYOO/MYUH)

MEANING: adverb: For want of something better.

ETYMOLOGY: From French faute (lack) + de (of) + mieux (better). Earliest documented use: 1766.
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FAUTE LEMIEUX - the Penguins are in trouble; Mario can't play tonight.

FAURÉ DE MIEUX - Gabriel's Requiem is the best ever

FAUTE DE MOI/EUX - Martin Buber was wrong. It's not "I/Thou;" it should be "Me/Them."

SAUTÉ DE MIEUX - That'd be Javier Sotomayor of Cuba. He high-jumped 2.45 m (8 ft 1⁄2 in) in Salamanca, Spain on 27 July 1993 to set the current Word's Record

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AMAIN

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-MAYN)

MEANING: adverb:
1. With all one’s strength.
2. At full speed.
3. With great haste.

ETYMOLOGY: From a- (on, in, to) + main, from Old English maegen (strength, power). Earliest documented use: 1540.
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ARMAIN - signature of a dyslexic fashion designer

A.M. PAIN - known to almost everyone 75 and older

AMAZIN' - graceless

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CERTES

PRONUNCIATION: (suhr-TEEZ)

MEANING: adverb: Certainly.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French certes, from Latin certus (certain). Earliest documented use: 1250.
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CERRES - largest asteroid we have yet identified, considered by some a dwarf planet

CERTERS - people who go about certifying things

CERATES - makes a saw-toothed edge

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ALFRESCO

PRONUNCIATION: (al-FRES-ko)

MEANING: adverb, adjective: Outdoors; in the open air.

ETYMOLOGY: From Italian alfresco (in the fresh). Earliest documented use: 1717.
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ALFRED'S C.O. - that'd be Bruce Wayne, right?

AL FRISCO - where Señor goes to see Nob Hill and the Golden Gate Bridge

AL FRIES CO. - racecar driver makes the best chips in London

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AD LITEM

PRONUNCIATION: (AD LYT-uhm)

MEANING: adjective: A person appointed by a court to represent someone, such as a child, who is considered incapable of representing themselves in a lawsuit.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin ad litem (literally, for the lawsuit), from ad (toward) + litigare (to go to law), from lis (dispute) + agere (to drive). Earliest documented use: 1683.
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ADD LITEM - put another case on the Court's docket

AB LITEM - away from the legal proceedings, behind closed doors

...AND LIT 'EM - they piled up all the sticks to make a bonfire...

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