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SCROOP

PRONUNCIATION: (skroop)

MEANING: verb intr.: To make a scraping or grating sound.
noun: A scraping sound, especially the rustle of a silk fabric.

ETYMOLOGY: Of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1787.
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SCHROOP - to drink the last of the soup directly from the edge of the bowl

'S CROUP - I know the kid's sick, but why's his cough sound so funny?

SCROOD - past tense of...oh, never mind

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FANFARONADE

PRONUNCIATION: (fan-far-uh-NAYD, -NAHD)

MEANING: noun:
1. Bragging or blustering behavior.
2. Fanfare.

ETYMOLOGY: From French fanfaronnade, from Spanish fanfarronada (bluster), from fanfarron (braggart), ultimately of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1652.
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FANFARONASE - an intracellular enzyme involved in the metabolism of fanfarones

FANTA-RON ADE - a soft drink that you can get in McDonald's

FANFARE ON A D - short ceremonial flourish played on brass instruments to introduce the fourth letter of the English alphabet

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JAPE

PRONUNCIATION: (jayp)

MEANING: noun: A joke or prank.
verb intr.: To joke or play a trick.
verb tr.: To mock or trick.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French japer (to yap; Modern French japper), of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1362.
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JA, PEU - Overheard in a café in Strasbourg, after "Would you like a some more coffee?"

J.A. PEI - the architect's younger brother

JA, pp- response to "Even softer, Herr Beethoven?

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WHICKER

PRONUNCIATION: (HWIK-uhr, WIK-)

MEANING: verb intr.:
1. To neigh.
2. To laugh in a half-suppressed manner.

ETYMOLOGY: Of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1656.
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WHISKER - someone who moves things quickly from one place to another

WHICHER - a stickler for grammar, who [wrongly] searches and removes all "that"s from his writing and replaces them with "which"es

WICKER - the person who puts the cotton string in the middle of candles

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SOMEDEAL

PRONUNCIATION: (SUHM-deel)

MEANING: adverb: Somewhat; to some degree.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English sum (some) + dael (deal). Earliest documented use: 725.
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COMEDEAL - 1. the casino is hiring; 2. pertaining to humor

SAME DEAL - nothing has changed

DOMEDEAL - buying an NFL football stadium

SAMEDEAL - pertaining to Saturday in Paris

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ABAFT

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-BAFT)

MEANING: adverb: Toward the rear or stern.
preposition: Behind.

ETYMOLOGY: From Middle English a- (toward) + baft (in the rear). Earliest documented use: 1400.
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ADAFT - a bit off yer rocker

A-BART - the first car undercoating (the last being Z-bart)

JABAFT - a shot in the rear

A.B., OFT - what follows four years of college, frequently

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NATHELESS

PRONUNCIATION: (NAYTH-luhs/lis)

MEANING: adverb: Nevertheless; notwithstanding.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English na (no) + the (this, that) + laes (less). Earliest documented use: 11th c.
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LATHELESS - why the carpenter can't make spindles for his staircase railings

MATH E-LESS - before the concept of natural logarithms was developed

NAT_HELEN_S - the username adopted by Nathan and Helen Szczymonowsky

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ENDLONG

PRONUNCIATION: (END-long)

MEANING: adverb: From end to end; lengthwise.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English andlang (lengthwise). Earliest documented use: 1225.
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BENDLONG - fold along the long axis

'EADLONG - head over heels

ENDLOG - the linchpin of a stockade fence

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SOMEWHITHER:

PRONUNCIATION: (SUM-hwith-uhr)

MEANING: adverb: To some place; somewhere.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English sum (some) + whither (where). Earliest documented use: 1398.
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SAMEWHITHER: - fellow-travellers, having the same destination

SOMEWITHER: - how apples become wrinkled

SOMEWHITER: - the difference between laundry loads after you put in bleach

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CANKER-BLOSSOM

PRONUNCIATION: (KANGK-uhr-blos-uhm)

MEANING: noun: One who destroys good things.

ETYMOLOGY: From canker (to decay, infect, or corrupt), from Old English cancer (crab, tumor) + blossom (the mass of flowers on a plant). Earliest documented use: 1600, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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CAN KERB LOSS ...OM - a Brit meditating on limiting financial woes

TANKER-BLOSSOM - barnacles on the oil transport sip

CANKER-FLOSSOM - dentist's advice on how to prevent aphthous stomatitis (mouth sores)

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