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BRAZEN

PRONUNCIATION: (BRAY-zuhn)

MEANING: adjective: 1. Shamelessly bold.
2. Made of or relating to brass.
verb tr.: To face an embarrassing or difficult situation in a shamelessly bold manner.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English braes (brass). Earliest documented use: 1000.
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BLAZEN - how the outlaws galloped into town with their gunza

BRATEN - the wurst possible Viennese sausage

BRAKE N - - how to slow down the fourteenth car of the train

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AURICOMOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (au-RI-kuh-muhs)

MEANING:. adjective: Relating to golden hair.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin auricomus, from aurum (gold) + coma (hair). Earliest documented use: 1864.
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AURICOROUS - golden-throated voices singing together

AGRICOMOUS - your typical Roman farmer's rodent

AFRICOMOUS - Sherlock Holmes' Giant Rat of Sahara

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PHILARGYRY

PRONUNCIATION: (fil-ARJ-uh-ree)

MEANING: noun: The love of money; greed.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek phil- (love) + argyros (silver). Ultimately from the Indo-European root arg- (to shine; white) that is also the source of argue (from Latin arguere, to make clear), argillaceous (clayey), and French argent (money). The word also appears in the chemical symbol for silver (Ag) and in the name of the country Argentina (where flows Rio de la Plata, Spanish for “river of silver”). Earliest documented use: 1529.
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PHIL-ARMY RY. - train taking fans from Philadelphia to West Point

PHILARGYRO - pile the makings into our submarine sandwich at that stand next to the Liberty Bell

CHILARGYRY - ...keep the sandwiches in the refrigerator till we get there

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TINPOT

PRONUNCIATION: (TIN-pot)

MEANING: adjective: Unimportant; of little worth.

ETYMOLOGY: Alluding to a tin pot, in quality or sound, broadly from a reference to tin as a base metal compared to precious metals. Earliest documented use: 1838.
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INPOT - your status after calling a bet

LIN-POT - composer Manuel Miranda's beer-belly

TIN PLOT - one kind of mining survey

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LEAD BALLOON

PRONUNCIATION: (led buh-LOON)

MEANING: noun: A complete failure.

ETYMOLOGY: From lead (a heavy metal), from Old English lead + balloon, from Italian dialectal ballone (large ball), augmentative of balla (ball). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhel- (to blow or swell), which also gave us ball, boll, bole, bulk, bowl, boulevard, boulder, ballot, folly, and fool. Earliest documented use: 1924.
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PLEAD BALLOON - dialog from Judge Parker comic strip

LEAD GAL LOON - the matriarch of the loon flock

LEAN BALLOON - a zeppelin

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IRREFUTABLE

PRONUNCIATION: (ir-ih-FYOO-tuh-buhl, ih-REF-yuh-tuh-buhl)

MEANING: adjective: Impossible to deny or disprove; indisputable.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin in- (not) + refutare (to rebut). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhau- (to strike), which also gave us refute, beat, button, halibut, buttress, confute, prebuttal, and surrebuttal. Earliest documented use: 1620.
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MR REFUTABLE - never made a statement that couldn't be disproved

IRREFUL, ABLE - angry but competent

IRREPUTABLE - nobody anywhere knows anything about him !

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AMNESIA

PRONUNCIATION: (am-NEE-zhuh)

MEANING: noun: Loss of memory or a gap in one’s memory.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin amnesia, from Greek amnesia (forgetfulness), from a- (not) + mimneskesthai (to remember). Ultimately from the Indo-European root men- (to think), which also gave us mind, mental, mention, automatic, mania, money, praying mantis, monument, music, amnesty, mantra, remonstrate, monish, and mantic. Earliest documented use: 1786.
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NAMNESIA - inability to learn the lessons of history

DAMNESIA - complaint of a football player after multiple ACL injuries

AMNOSIA - "I poke around other people's business more than you do"

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PSYCHOGENIC

PRONUNCIATION: (sy-kuh-JEN-ik)

MEANING: adjective: Originating in the mind (having a psychological rather than a physiological cause).

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek psycho- (mind) + -genic (producing). Earliest documented use: 1897.
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PSYCHO GENIE - Aladdin's companion, such as voiced by Robin Williams

PAY C.H.O.- GENIC - This new DNA will let you breed corn with a higher carbohydrate content, but it'll cost you

P.S. YECHOGENIC! - Oh, and another thing: that's disgusting !

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POLYDIPSIA

PRONUNCIATION: (paw-lee-DIP-see-uh)

MEANING: noun: Excessive or abnormal thirst.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek poly- (much, many) + dipsa (thirst). Earliest documented use: 1661.
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POLYPIPSIA - misreading your card as a ten when it's really an eight

POLYDIP ASIA - an Indonesian Rijstafel

POLY DISSIA - that parrot just cussed you out !

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PROPENSITY

PRONUNCIATION: (pruh-PEN-suh-tee)

MEANING: noun: An inclination to behave in a particular way

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin pro- (toward) + 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, filipendulous, equipoise, perpend, pensive, and floccipend. Earliest documented use: 1550.
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PR OPEN SITE - where publicists and agents are welcome

PROP ENMITY - I can fly any jet plane made, but I just don't get along with the other kind...

PRODENSITY - I like the massive ones

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