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FORT KNOX

PRONUNCIATION: (fort KNAHKS)

MEANING: noun:
1. An inordinate amount of wealth.
2. A place extraordinarily secure and thus impossible to break into.

ETYMOLOGY: After Fort Knox, nickname of the United States Bullion Depository, a vault that houses most of the US government’s gold, in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
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FORT K? NO. - Are we going to the gold storage place? Negative.
(syn. FORT K? NOT!; ant. FORT K: NOW!)

FOR TKO X - Was that prize for his ninth knockout? No.

FORT K'NEX - part of the "Cowboys and Indians" set of a children's construction toy

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HALLMARK

PRONUNCIATION: (HAHL-mark)

MEANING: noun:
1. A mark of quality, genuineness, or excellence.
2. A distinguishing feature or characteristic.

ETYMOLOGY: After Goldsmiths’ Hall in London, where articles of gold and silver were appraised and stamped. Earliest documented use: 1721.

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HAIL MARK - Caesar turned down the crown three times, and eventually an exasperated Mark Anthony accepted it

HULLMARK - lines panted on the hull of a boat to indicate how deep she's riding in the water

HALLMASK - something you wear in school to protect against airborne disease; formerly, something you wore in school so the teachers and the monitors wouldn't know who you are

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MIDAS

PRONUNCIATION: (MY-duhs)

MEANING: noun:
1. One with the ability to easily turn anything profitable.
2. One who is extremely wealthy.

ETYMOLOGY: After the legendary King Midas who was given the power that anything he touched turned into gold. Earliest documented use: 1584. Also see: Midas touch and Midas-eared.
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IDA'S - belonging to Eddie Cantor's wife

MILD AS... - an Ivory Snow challenge - "Complete This Slogan:"
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MIDIS - skirt style, of a length halfway between Minis and Maxis

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GOLDEN PARACHUTE

PRONUNCIATION: (GOL-den par-uh-shoot)

MEANING: noun: An agreement to pay generous compensation to a company executive if dismissed.

ETYMOLOGY: From the idea of a parachute softening the blow of an ejection from a high office and the color golden alluding to the large payment received on dismissal. Earliest documented use: 1981.
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GOODEN PARACHUTE - lets pitcher Dwight land gently

GOLDEN, PA. RANCH: UTE - what Native American tribe runs that Dude Resort/Casino in Golden, Pennsylvania?

GOLDEN PARA SHUTE - the author of For Two Cents Plain declared he would vote for the author of On the Beach

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PYRITE

PRONUNCIATION: (PY-ryt)

MEANING: noun:
1. A shiny yellow mineral of iron disulfide. Also known as iron pyrites or fool’s gold.
2. Something that appears valuable but is worthless.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin pyrites (flint), from Greek pyrites lithos (stone of fire, flint), from its shiny surface and its use for starting fire. Earliest documented use: 1475.
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đť‘ťđť‘ť RITE - a very hush-hush solemn formalized procedure

PAY RITE - withholding taxes and other regular deductions

PYX RITE - a procedure whereby coins at the mint are measured against a standard of know weight and fineness

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HUMPTY DUMPTY

PRONUNCIATION: (HUHM-tee DUHMP-tee)

MEANING: noun:
1. A short, rotund person.
2. Something or someone broken beyond repair.

ETYMOLOGY: After Humpty Dumpty, a character in a nursery rhyme, who is irreparably broken after a fall. He’s typically shown as an anthropomorphic egg. Earliest documented use: 1785.
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LUMPTY BUMPTY - what coarse oatmeal you serve !

HUMPITY DUMPITY - so sorry your Significant Other kicked you out

HAMPTY DAMPTY - hurricane completely flooded Gatsby's estate

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TUFFET

PRONUNCIATION: (TUHF-it)

MEANING: noun:
1. A clump of something.
2. A mound.
3. A low seat, stool, cushion, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: Diminutive of tuft, from French touffe (tuft). Earliest documented use: 1553.
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TUFEET - you stand on your own when you're independent

TURFET - a diminutive piece of sod

RUFFET - what you do when opponents lead a suit you're void in

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MOTHER HUBBARD

PRONUNCIATION: (MUHTH-uhr HUHB-uhrd)

MEANING: noun: A loose shapeless dress for a woman.

ETYMOLOGY: After Mother Hubbard, a character in the nursery rhyme “Old Mother Hubbard”. Earliest documented use: 1877.

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OTHER HUBBARD - brother of the sci-fi author who created Dianetics on a bar bet (some say)

MO, THE HUB BARD - Moses was also known as the Shakespeare of Boston

MOTHER, BUBBA R'D - Ma, he just pronounced "railroad" correctly for the first time ever!

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SUKEY

PRONUNCIATION: (SOO-kee)

MEANING: noun: A tea-kettle.

ETYMOLOGY: After Suki, a girl in the nursery rhyme “Polly Put the Kettle On”. Earliest documented use: 1803.
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SKEY - a good way to get around on fresh powdered snow

SAKEY - Biden's Press Secretary

OSUKEY - how you get into Ohio State University (if it's locked)

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SIMPLE SIMON

PRONUNCIATION: (SIM-puhl SY-muhn)

MEANING: noun: A simpleton.

ETYMOLOGY: After Simple Simon, a foolish boy in a nursery rhyme. Earliest documented use: 1673.
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SIMPLE TIMON - a foolish misanthropic Athenian, according to Shakespeare

WIMPLE SIMON - Simon, an itinerant peddler, travels to convents to sell clothing to the Nuns

SIMPLEST, MON ! - easiest thing for a Caribbean native to say

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