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BOLSHIE or BOLSHY

PRONUNCIATION: (BOL-shee)

MEANING: adjective: 1. Rebellious; uncooperative; combative.
2. Politically radical.
noun: 1. Someone who is rebellious, uncooperative, combative, etc.
2. A politically radical person.

ETYMOLOGY: Abbreviation of Bolshevik (a person with radical views), from Russian Bolshevik, from bolshe (greater), referring to the faction of the Russian Social Democratic party that seized power in the October Revolution of 1917. Ultimately from the Indo-European root bel- (strong), which also gave us debility and Bolshoi Theatre (literally, Great Theater). Earliest documented use: 1918.
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BOLSHINE - clandestinely-made Dutch liqueur

BALSHY - very self-effacing at formal dances

BONSHY - a miniature drunken plant, seen mostly in Japan

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LACKADAISICAL

PRONUNCIATION: (lak-uh-DAY-zi-kuhl)

MEANING: adjective: Lacking enthusiasm; indifferent; lazy.

ETYMOLOGY: From lackadaisy, alteration of lack a day, contraction of alack the day (an expression of regret, grief, or disapproval). Earliest documented use: 1768.
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LACKADAISI-MAL - heartsick because you can't tell whether she loves you or she loves you not

BLACKADAISICAL - synonym of "black-eyed Susan"

LACK-A-DAIS IS AL - Al can't speak, 'cause he doesn't have a podium

LARKADAISICAL - affectionate name for Oklahoma! when all the world is still and you wake up in the meadow

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BLITZ

PRONUNCIATION: (blits)

MEANING: noun: 1. A swift, sudden military attack, especially aerial bombardment.
2. An intense campaign, for example, an ad blitz.
verb tr.: To attack, destroy, conquer, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: Short for blitzkrieg, from German Blitzkrieg, from Blitz (lightning) + Krieg (war). Earliest documented use: 1939. Also see coventrate.
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BLOTZ - Steve Dallas' favorite beer

BRITZ - 1) inhabitants of London; 2) inhabitants of a seaside resort in Pyrenees France known for its beaches...and its waves

B-LISTZ - second tier, one step below a-listz

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ZOUNDS

PRONUNCIATION: (zaundz)

MEANING: interjection: Used to express surprise or indignation.

ETYMOLOGY: Contraction of God’s wounds! Earliest documented use: 1593.
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OZOUNDS - the noise of tri-molecular oxygen being made from bimolecular O2

ZOFUNDS - money to support animal parks

ZOU NODS - the former premier of China sneaks in a nap

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EXTRALITY

PRONUNCIATION: (ek-STRAL-i-tee)

MEANING: noun: Exemption from local laws: the privilege of living in a foreign country, but subject only to the home country’s jurisdiction.

ETYMOLOGY: A contraction of extraterritoriality, from Latin extra- (outside) + territorium (land around a town), from terra (land). Earliest documented use: 1925.
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EXTRACITY - a satellite urban community, like Yonkers to New York

EXTRALITH - a stone on the outside, like an everted geode (see also EXTRNALITY)

NEXTRALITY - linear succession

EUTRALITY - a proper but uncommmitted relationship, being neither positive nor negative

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MYOLOGY

PRONUNCIATION: (my-AH-luh-jee)

MEANING: noun:
1. The study of muscles.
2. The muscular anatomy of a person or an animal.

ETYMOLOGY: From myo-/my- (muscle), from Greek mys (mouse, muscle). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mus- (mouse, muscle), which also gave us mussel (a respelling of muscle), mustelid (any member of the weasel family), and mysticete (baleen whale), from Greek ho mus to ketos (literally: the mouse, the whale so called). Earliest documented use: c. 1649.
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MYCOLOGY - the study of strong mushrooms

MOOLOGY - the study of money

MYOB-LOGY - the study of privacy

MAYOLOGY - A Compendium the History of Medical Care in Rochester, Minnesota

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MOUSE POTATO

PRONUNCIATION: (MAUS puh-tay-to)

MEANING: noun: Someone who lives a sedentary life, spending large amounts of leisure time playing computer games, surfing the net, streaming videos, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: Formed on the pattern of couch potato. Mouse refers to the electronic mouse typically used with a computer. Earliest documented use: 1993.
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NO-USE POTATO - the futile attempt of one who can't cook at all, not even boil a potato

MOOSE POTATO - Bullwinkle after he learned to use a computer

MOUSE POETATO - Mickey Longfellow. And he didn't know it, either

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RAT RACE

PRONUNCIATION: (RAT rays)

MEANING: noun: A repetitive competitive activity, such as the modern working life in which one constantly struggles to attain wealth, status, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From rat, from Old English raet (rat) + race, from Old Norse ras (race). Earliest documented use: 1937.
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RAFT RACE - Huck and Jim vie to see who can go down the river faster

RAP TRACE - Authorities are looking into what else the perp has been convicted of

RAT RAGE - why the mad rodent shot the other driver

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MOUSY/MOUSEY.

PRONUNCIATION: (MAU-see/zee)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Like a mouse in appearance, color, smell, etc.
2. Timid or shy.
3. Quiet or stealthy.
4. Dull or drab.
5. Infested with mice.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English mus (mouse). Earliest documented use: 1812.
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MOURY - If when push comes to shove / you decide you're in love / that's a MOURY
(apologies to Dean Marin)

MOUSLEY - a mix of rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit​, often eaten with milk for breakfast

MOUSEL - a river through northeastern France, Luxembourg, and western Germany; also, a white wine from that region

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CLICKTIVISM

PRONUNCIATION: (KLIK-ti-viz-uhm)

MEANING: noun: The use of the Internet to signal support for a cause.

ETYMOLOGY: A blend of click, as in a mouse click + activism. Earliest documented use: 2006.

NOTES: Clicktivism can take many forms: signing an online petition, forwarding a message, sharing a posting, or changing the color or banner on one’s website or social media in support of a cause, and so on. Clicktivism is sometimes derided as slacktivism (slack + activism). It’s seen as putting in minimal effort and getting a sense of doing something and feeling good about it, instead of getting deeply involved with a cause. While the criticism can be justified, clicktivism is better than doing nothing and, at least, it raises awareness.
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CLINKTIVISM - law enforcement relying heavily on incarceration

CLACKTIVISM - the other half of the Cartalktivism radio show featuring the Tappet Brothers

CLUCKTIVISM - saying "tut-tut" disapprovingly about everything

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