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EXIGENCY

PRONUNCIATION: (EK-si-jen-see, eg-ZIJ-uhn-see)

MEANING: noun: An urgent need or requirement.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin exigere (to demand, to drive out), from ex- + agere (to drive). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ag- (to drive, draw), which also gave us act, agent, agitate, litigate, synagogue, ambassador, exiguous, incogitant, intransigent, cogent, axiomatic, ambagious, ambage, agonistes, and actuate. Earliest documented use: 1588.
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EX-AGENCY - used to work for the CIA

EXILENCY - 1. title of great respect; 2. expulsion

EIGENCY - property of a vector which, when operated by a non-zero square matrix, gives a scalar multiple of itself

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CONSTRUE

PRONUNCIATION: (kuhn-STROO)

MEANING: verb tr., intr.: To interpret, understand, analyze, or explain.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin construere (to construct), from con- (with) + struere (to pile up or arrange). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ster- (to spread), which also gave us structure, industry, destroy, street, stratagem, stratum, stratocracy, and Russian perestroika. Earliest documented use: 1362.
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CORNS TRUE - when your feet tell you it's going to rain, and it does

CONSTRUM - the prisoner invented a new guitar-picking style

COMSTRUE - what happens to your dream when you wish upon a star

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DISINTERESTED

PRONUNCIATION: (dis-IN-truh-stuhd, dis-IN-tuh-res-tid)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Free of bias or self-interest; impartial.
2. Indifferent or not interested.
3. No longer interested.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin dis- (apart, away) + interesse (to be in between), from inter- (between) + esse (to be). Earliest documented use: 1631.
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DISH - INTERESTED? - look at the figure on that girl!

DIS I'N'T 'ERS, TED - Teddy, it doesn't belong to that woman

DIS IN: THERE'S TED ! - Headline: "Senator Kennedy found!"

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VARDY

PRONUNCIATION: (VAHR-dee)

MEANING: noun: Judgment or opinion.

ETYMOLOGY: A dialect variant of verdit, from verdict, from Anglo-Norman ver (true) + dit (statement, speech), from dicere (to say). Ultimately from the Indo-European root deik- (to show, to pronounce solemnly), which also gave us judge, verdict, vendetta, revenge, indicate, dictate, paradigm, interdict, fatidic, diktat, retrodiction, and interdigitate. Earliest documented use: 1738.
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PARDY - what you do when you break it

VERDY - a green opera composer

BARDY - Shakespearean
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[Anu added:
...this shortening (or respelling of a word based on its pronunciation) happens more often than you might think. Chances are you already use such words without a second thought. Examples: ornery (from ordinary), raiment (from arrayment), and donut (from doughnut).

An extreme example of this process of linguistic evolution is the transition of eleëmosynary to the present-day alms.]

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JUBEROUS

PRONUNCIATION: (JOOB-uhr-uhs)

MEANING: adjective: Doubtful; undecided; hesitating.

ETYMOLOGY: An alteration of dubious. Earliest documented use: 1871.
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J-JUBEROUS - resembling a small jelly candy

JABEROUS - like a manxome creature with biting jaws and snatching claws and flaming eyes, that burbles as it whiffles through the woods

UBEROUS - for hire to drive you somewhere

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SCROOCH

PRONUNCIATION: (skrooch)

MEANING: verb intr.: To crouch or huddle.
verb tr.: To squeeze.

ETYMOLOGY: A dialect variant scrouge (to squeeze or crowd), perhaps influenced by crouch. Earliest documented use: 1844.
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SHROOCH - when the catch-of-the-day was Haddock, instead of Cod (cf. scrod/shrod)

SACRO-OCH - said by a Scotsman with a pain shooting down his leg

SCROOGH - he who said "Bah, 'umbug"
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[not "scrunch" ?]

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Originally Posted by wofahulicodoc

VARDY

PRONUNCIATION: (VAHR-dee)

Jamie Vardy – a leading British soccer player (plays for Leicester City).

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Originally Posted by wofahulicodoc

VARDY

PRONUNCIATION: (VAHR-dee)

Jamie Vardy – a leading British soccer player (plays for Leicester City).

Interesting. One might expect Anu to be aware of the football world. Is there also a Jouber or a Scrooch or a Meech who plays?

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MEECH

PRONUNCIATION: (meech)

MEANING: verb intr.:
1. To move in a furtive manner.
2. To loiter.
3. To whine.

ETYMOLOGY: A variant of mitch (to steal, hide, shirk), from Old French muchier (to hide). Earliest documented use: 1624.
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CME - ECH - never was fond of compulsory Continuing Medical Education

MERCH - Newspeak for "sales goods"

MEECE - several gadgets I use for I/O on my old computers

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SNOOT

PRONUNCIATION: (snoot)

MEANING: noun: 1. A snob. 2. A nose or snout.
verb tr.: To treat with disdain.

ETYMOLOGY: A variant of snout, of German/Dutch origin. Earliest documented use: 1861.
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SMOOT - a unit of length, measuring about 67 inches. Used in particular to measure the length of the MIT Bridge (Cambridge, MA), which is about 364.4 Smoots long (plus-or-minus one ear)

SUNOOT - the weather on a bright day in Glasgow

SNOWT - there's been a blizzard!

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