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CURE-ALL

PRONUNCIATION: (KYOOR-awl)

MEANING: noun: A remedy to any problem.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin cura (care or concern) + eall/all (all). Earliest documented use: 1793.
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C.U.? REALLY? - expression of disbelief and dismay over the scandal at Consumers' Union

CURSE-ALL - a symptom of Tourette's Syndrome

C.U. REAL - the Centrales Unidas soccer club

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WANTWIT

PRONUNCIATION: (WANT-wit)

MEANING: noun: A fool; one lacking good sense.

ETYMOLOGY: From want + wit, from Old Norse vanta (be lacking) + Old English wit (mind). Earliest documented use: 1449.
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WASN'T WIT - distinctly not funny

TAN TWIT - tease about getting so much sun

WANT WRIT - No, you need a court order for that

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KNOW-IT-ALL

PRONUNCIATION: (NO-uht-ahl)

MEANING: noun: One who acts as if they know everything, dismissing others’ ideas or advice.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English cnawan (to recognize, identify) + hit (it) + eall/all (all). Earliest documented use: 1873
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KNOWITAL - a barbiturate that makes you omniscient

KIOWI TALL - slogan of a proud tribe of Native Americans from the central plains

KOWITALL - pertaining to phonetic copulation

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MAKEPEACE

PRONUNCIATION: (MAYK-pees)

MEANING: noun: One who reconciles persons at odds with each other; a peacemaker.

ETYMOLOGY: From make + peace. From Old English macian (to make) + Old French pais, from Latin pax (peace). Earliest documented use: 1513.
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MAKEPLACE - provide room for another person

MAKEPEACH - grow Elbertas, Clings, and Freestones

SAKEPEACE - the tranquility that follows drinking rice wine

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QUIDDITATIVE

PRONUNCIATION: (KUI-di-tay-tiv)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to the essential nature of something or someone.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin quid (what), which also gave us quidnunc, quid pro quo, and quiddity. Earliest documented use: 1600.
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"QUIDDIT!" ACTIVE - an unmistakable order to stop

SQUIDDITATIVE - behaving like a tentacled marine cephalopod

QUADDITATIVE - transforming into a four-part entity

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MICROCEPHALIC

PRONUNCIATION: (my-kro-suh-FA-lik)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Having an abnormally small head.
2. Small-minded.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek micro- (small) + -cephalic (having a head), from kephale (head). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghebh-el- (head), which also gave us the word gable. Earliest documented use: 1857. The opposite of today’s word is macrocephalic.
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MICRONEPHALIC - with only the tiniest bit of turbidity

OMICROCEPHALIC - having a round head with a hole in the middle, like the Greek letter O

MICRO-CEPHELIC - a dwarf variable star, whose brightness pulsates with a well-defined stable period

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CHRYSOCRACY

PRONUNCIATION: (kri-SAH-kruh-see)

MEANING: noun: Rule by the wealthy.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek chryso- (gold) + -cracy (rule). Earliest documented use: 1828. A synonym is plutocracy.
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CHRYSOCRACK - special kind of yellow cocaine

CHRYSOC TRACY - his real name; small wonder the detective preferred to be called "Dick" by his friends

CHRYSLOCRACY - when Ford and GM couldn't pull it off, yet another car manufacturer tried to make the rules

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LACHRYMOGENIC

PRONUNCIATION: (lak-ruh-muh-JEN-ik)

MEANING: adjective: Inducing tears.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin lacrima (tear) + -genic (producing). Earliest documented use: 1907. Two related words are lachrymose and lachrymal.
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LACHRYMOPENIC - dry-eyed (not enough tears)

LOCH RYMOGENIC - a lake in the northernmost reaches of Scotland, little known and hardly ever visited

LACH RHYMOGENIC - a psychological disorder wherein the victim shows paroxysms of laughter leading to a compulsion to speak in rhymes

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PLENILOQUENCE

PRONUNCIATION:(ple-NIL-uh-kwens)

MEANING: noun: Excessive talking.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin pleni- (full) + -loquence (speaking). Earliest documented use: 1838. The opposite is breviloquence.
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PLENILOQUENCH - Shut up!

SPLENILOQUENCE - a lengthy screed, full if vitriol and anger

POENILOQUENCE - vividly describing wracking pain

PENCILOQUENCE - graphite-based writing

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RAZZLE-DAZZLE

(RAZ-uhl daz-uhl)

MEANING: noun: Noisy excitement, showy display, or extravagant actions, especially when executed in an effort to distract or confuse.

ETYMOLOGY: A reduplication of dazzle, frequentative of daze, from Old Norse dasa (weary). Earliest documented use: 1885.
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RAZZLEDAZOLE - a new anti-seizure medicine

FRAZZLE-DAZZLE - when people are stunned by your really, REALLY, REALLY bad-hair day

RAZZ LE DAZZLE - tease the ultra-bright Paris lighting

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