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WHEEL HORSE

PRONUNCIATION: (HWEEL hors)

MEANING: noun:
1. Someone responsible and diligent, especially one who bears the biggest share of burden in a group.
2. A horse harnessed closest to the front wheel(s) of a carriage.

ETYMOLOGY: From wheel, from Old English hweol + horse, from Old English hors. Earliest documented use: 1708.
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WHEEL HOARSE - the CEO has a sore throat and a raspy voice

WHEEL HORDE - a mob of Hell's Angels on their bikes

WHEEL GORSE - a variety of tumbleweed

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CABALLINE

PRONUNCIATION: (KAB-uh-lyn/leen)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Giving inspiration.
2. Relating to horses.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin caballus (horse). Earliest documented use: 1430.

NOTES: In Greek mythology, Hippocrene was a spring on Mt. Helicon that was created by a stroke of Pegasus’s hoof. If we can have a word coined after Greek hippos (horse), why not coin one after Latin caballus (horse), as well.
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CABALLINT - what's in the conspirators' belly button

COBALLINE - blue-colored

Ca BALLITE - a spherical crystal of calcium salt

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HORSE'S MOUTH

PRONUNCIATION: (HOR-ses/siz mouth)

MEANING: noun: The original or authentic source of some information.

ETYMOLOGY: The term has its origin in horse racing. If you wanted tips on how a horse was doing on a particular day, what better way than to hear it directly from the horse’s mouth? Earliest documented use: 1896.
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HORSE'S MONTH - May, when the Kentucky Derby is run (except this year)

HORSE SMOOTH - flawlessly even, like a well-trained thoroughbred's gait

GORSE'S MOUTH - what a thorny invasive bush eats with

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CHIVALROUS

PRONUNCIATION: (SHIV-uhl-ruhs)

MEANING: adjective: Having qualities of chivalry, such as courtesy, honor, bravery, gallantry, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French chevalerie, from chevalier (knight), from Latin caballus (horse). Earliest documented use: 1374.
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CHI VALOROUS - the 22nd Greek letter has done heroic and yet ethical deeds

CHIVAL ROUT - the horsemen were defeated handily

CHIVAS-ROUS - like good Scotch whiskey

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COCK-HORSE

PRONUNCIATION: (KAHK-hors)

MEANING: adverb: Mounted with a leg on each side.
noun: A hobby horse.

ETYMOLOGY: From cock (rooster) + horse, perhaps from the strutting of a rooster. Earliest documented use: 1566.
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CORK-HORSE - a child's floating swim-toy in the form of a horse that can be ridden in the water

COCK-HOUSE - medieval jargon for a brothel

CLOCK-HORSE - a model that goes around on a turntable when the clock strikes the hour

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BALLARDIAN

PRONUNCIATION: (ba-LAHR-dee-uhn)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to a dystopian world, especially one characterized by social and environmental degradation, assisted by technology.

ETYMOLOGY. After the novelist and short story writer J.G. Ballard (1930-2009), whose works depict such post-apocalyptic scenarios.
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BALLYARDIAN - reminiscent of the Baltimore Orioles' baseball stadium

BALLADIAN - one who specialises in singing the songs collected by Francis James Child, published as The English and Scottish Popular Ballads

BALLARD I AM - Hugo Ballard, protagonist of an unwritten story by Herman Melville, introduces himself

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GRISELDA

PRONUNCIATION: (gri-ZEL-duh)

MEANING: noun: A meek and patient woman.

ETYMOLOGY: After Griselda, a woman in various medieval tales, who suffers without ever complaining as her husband puts her through various tests. The name Griselda is from Germanic roots meaning “gray battle-maid”. Talk about misnaming your character (see below)! Earliest documented use: 14th century.
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GRISELLA - what they called Cinderella after she turned grey

URISELDA - the first-born of the author's two children

GURISEL? DA! - Is that the Russian company that makes batteries?

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HOMERIC

PRONUNCIATION: (ho-MER-ik)

MEANING: adjective
1. Relating to Homer, his works, or his time.
2. Epic; large-scale; heroic.

ETYMOLOGY:\. After Homer (c. 750 BCE), who is presumed to have composed the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Earliest documented use: 1594.
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HOME BIC - the ball-point pen I use in my kitchen

HOMER? ICK - I just can't stand The Simpsons

"WHOM," ERIC - young Severeid is admonished by his teacher for a grammatical error

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JUNO

PRONUNCIATION: (JOO-noh)

MEANING: noun: A woman of stately bearing and beauty.

ETYMOLOGY: After Juno, a goddess in Roman mythology. The name is from Latin Iuno, from iuvenis (young). Ultimately from the Indo-European root. yeu- (vital force), which also gave us youth, juvenile, rejuvenate, junior, and June. Earliest documented use: 1606. The adjectival form is junoesque.
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JUG? NO! - I don't like moonshine

JUNIO - after hours at the Mayo Clinic, the next doctor spoke Spanish

JA-NO - bizarre fortune-telling device

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PAVLOVIAN

PRONUNCIATION: (pav-LO-vee-uhn)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to a conditioned or predictable response; automatic; involuntary.

ETYMOLOGY: After the physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), known for his work in classical conditioning. Earliest documented use: 1922.
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PAYLOVIAN - related to the World's Oldest Profession

PAULOVIAN - who received the loot after Petrovian was robbed

PA-BLOVIAN - about those aimless (and pointless) tales my father told

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