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ENDONYM

PRONUNCIATION: (EN-duh-nym)

MEANING: noun: A name used internally to refer to a place, people, language, etc.
For example, Germany’s endonym is Deutschland, because that’s what Germans call their country.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek endo- (inside, within) + -onym (word, name). Some related words endogenous and endogamy
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END ONLY, M? - Just play the final two bars of the music, James

END ON YMA - the list of sopranos with a 4-plus-octave range

ENDONAM - 30 April 1975, upon the capture of Saigon by the People's Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong

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BASILECT

PRONUNCIATION: (BAY-zuh/suh-lekt, BAZ/BAS-uh-lekt)

MEANING: noun: The least prestigious variety of a language.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin basis + dialectus (dialect). Earliest documented use: 1965.
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BA SELECT - What colleges did you say you're applying to?

BASIC ECT - common or garden variety shock therapy

BASIL SECT - herb worshippers

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METONOMY

PRONUNCIATION: (muh-TAHN-uh-mee)

MEANING: n nnoun: A figure of speech in which someone or something is referred to by the name of something associated.
For example, the use of the word crown to refer to monarchy.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin metonymia, from Greek metonymia (change of name), from meta- (after, beyond) + onama (name). Ultimately from the Indo-European root no-men- (name) which also gave us name, anonymous, noun, synonym, eponym, renown, nominate, misnomer, moniker, and ignominy. Earliest documented use: 1553.

NOTES: When a part is used to refer to the whole, it is synecdoche. For example, the use of the word eyeballs to refer to viewers or website visitors. In metaphor, the substitution is based on analogy, in metonym on association.
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ME TOO, AMY - I agree with you, Senator Klobuchar

MET ON MY _______ - How did you guys say you know each other?

METRONOMY - the art of naming cities

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HOMEOTELEUTON

(ho-mee-o-TEL-yuh-ton)

MEANING:
noun: A repetition of the same or similar endings in a sequence of words.

ETYMOLOGY:
From homeo- (similar) from Greek homoio + -teleutos, from teleute (end). Earliest documented use: 1592.

NOTES:
The word also refers to a form of scribal error where a copyist’s eye skips to a word with the same ending one or more lines below where they were.
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HO: MEOW ELEUTION - Look - they're washing all the sound out of the cat!

HOMEOTELEFUTON - if your TV is upsetting, you can roll over and sleep on it

ROMEO TELEUTO - young Montague gives instructions

HOMEO-PELEUTON - the main pack of bicycle racers hasn't changed

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HETEROPHEMY

PRONUNCIATION: (HET-uh-ruh-fee-mee)

MEANING: noun: The use of a word different from the one intended.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek hetero- (different) + pheme (speaking). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bha- (to speak), which also gave us fable, fairy, fate, fame, blame, confess, and infant (literally, one unable to speak), apophasis (allusion to something by denying it will be said), confabulate, and ineffable. Earliest documented use: 1875.
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HETEROPHEME - speaking in tongues

PETER O'PHEMY - the Master of Castle Phemy (compare HESTERO'PHEMY, the Mistress of Castle Phemy)

HETEROPHEME - how I know that what I smell is the blood of an Hinglishman (along with HETEROPHIME, HETEROPHOME,and HETEROPHUMM)

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BIDENT

PRONUNCIATION: (BY-duhnt)

MEANING: noun: A two-pronged instrument, weapon, implement, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin bidens (two-pronged), from bi- (two) + dens (tooth). Earliest documented use: 1675.
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BIDENT - two-toothed, like Oliver J Dragon

BADENT - Tolkien's renegade tree-monster

AIDENT - coronavirus relief program for dentists

BIDENOT - Don't stay here!

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TRUMPERY

PRONUNCIATION: (TRUHM-puh-ree)

MEANING: noun:
1. Something showy but worthless.
2. Nonsense or rubbish.
3. Deceit; fraud; trickery.

ETYMOLOGY: from French tromper (to deceive). Earliest documented use: 1481.
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THUMPERY - beating one's chest

TRAMPERY - vintage behavior

TRUS-PERY - prostate surgery guided by Trans-Rectal UltraSound

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PENSIVE

PRONUNCIATION: (PEN-siv)

MEANING: adjective: Sadly thoughtful; wistful.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French pensif (pensive), from penser (to think), from Latin pensare (ponder), frequentative of pendere (to weigh). Ultimately from the Indo-European root (s)pen- (to draw, to spin), which also gave us pendulum, spider, pound, pansy, pendant, ponder, appendix, penthouse, depend, spontaneous, vilipend, pendulous, ponderous, filipendulous, equipoise, perpend, and prepend. Earliest documented use: 1393.
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PENDIVE - where in the sty to go slumming

PENSIRE - the Alpha Hog

PENSAVE - why one might use email instead of writing

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DEVI

PRONUNCIATION: (DAY-vee)

MEANING: noun: A goddess.

ETYMOLOGY: From Sanskrit devi (goddess). Earliest documented use: 1799.

NOTES: Devi is her middle name. Really. Kamala means lotus; also the name of a goddess.
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ODE VI - the sixth in a series of laudatory poems

O DEVI - also, the introductory apostrophe of same

DEVIM - to sap one's energy


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JOE

PRONUNCIATION: (joh)

MEANING: noun:
1. A fellow; guy.
2. Coffee.

ETYMOLOGY: For 1: Short for Joseph, from Hebrew Yoseph, from yasaf (to add or increase). Earliest documented use: 1846.
For 2: Origin unknown, perhaps an alteration of java. Earliest documented use: 1941.
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JOEX - a female baby kangaroo (compare JOEY)

JOEI - Happiness, to a French-speaking dyslexic

JONE - the fourth beis in a game of beisbol. if you hit the ball fair and over the fence it's a jonron

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