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GRUM

PRONUNCIATION: (gruhm)

MEANING: adjective: Surly, gloomy, or stern.

ETYMOLOGY: Probably a blend of grim + glum. Earliest documented use: 1640.
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G I RUM - Elixir of Terpin Hydrate (80 proof, it is)

BRUM - shortened form of Birmingham (England); compare "eleëmosynary" --> "alms"

GNUM - a Wildebeest on lidocaine

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MELD

PRONUNCIATION: (meld)

MEANING: verb tr.
intr.: 1. To blend or merge.
2. To declare or make known. For example, in some card games, to declare or display a card or a combination of cards so as to score points.
noun: 1. A blend or merger.
2. A card or a combination of cards declared or laid down to score points.

ETYMOLOGY: For verb, noun 1: Probably a blend of melt + weld. Earliest documented use: 1919.
For verb, noun 2: From German melden (to announce). Earliest documented use: c. 450.
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ME, LTD - the ultimate Personal Corporation

AM ELD - I've been around for a very long time...

MULD - a good way to drink wine on a cool evening

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SPLURGE

PRONUNCIATION: (spluhrj)

MEANING: verb tr., intr.: To spend lavishly or wastefully.
verb intr.: To make an ostentatious display.
noun: An extravagant or ostentatious display or expenditure.

ETYMOLOGY: Perhaps a blend of splash + surge, or maybe imitative. Earliest documented use: 1828.
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SPLUGE - when the sled breaks through the ice and goes into the water

'SPLUMGE - What's that behind the peacock?

SPLURGEN - 1. the source of that expensive caviar you ordered for Brunch;
2. spending the money anyway

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GREIGE

PRONUNCIATION: (grayzh)

MEANING: noun: 1. A color between gray and beige.
2. A fabric or yarn that has not undergone bleaching, dyeing, or other finishing processes.
adj.: 1. Of a gray-beige color.
2. Unbleached, undyed, or unfinished.

ETYMOLOGY: For noun, adj. 1: A blend of gray + beige. Earliest documented use: 1927.
For noun, adj. 2: From French grège (raw, unfinished) influenced by gray/beige, from Italian greggio, probably from Latin gregius (plain, ordinary). Earliest documented use: 1835.
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GREIG, E - Norwegian composer, known for his [i]Peer Gynt Siute[i] among many other works

GREY G.E. - Genera Electric is extraordinarily drab

GREIDE - your mark in school. (I think you flunked Spelling.)

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RUMPTION

PRONUNCIATION: (RUHMP-shuhn)

MEANING: noun: An uproar or commotion.

ETYMOLOGY: Perhaps a blend of rumpus + ruction. Earliest documented use: 1802.
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RUMUPTION - projectile vomiting after too many Daiquiris

RAMPTION - getting on or off the Information Highway

RUMPTOON - an animated show in which all the characters make asses of themselves

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BLACKGUARD

PRONUNCIATION: (BLAG-uhrd/ahrd)

MEANING: noun: 1. A scoundrel.
2. A foul-mouthed person.
verb tr.: To disparage with abusive language.
verb intr.: To speak abusively.

ETYMOLOGY: From a blackguard, a person who did menial work in the kitchen of a noble household. Such a person may be responsible for pots and pans. Hence black + guard. Typically such persons were treated derisively. Earliest documented use: 1535. Another word originating in the kitchen to describe a person is scullion.
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BLOCKGUARD - Security Officer in charge of a whole lot of prisoners

FLACKGUARD - security officer in name only, who got his job under the spoils system

LACKGUARD - unsuspecting and unprotected

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CWM

PRONUNCIATION: (koom)

MEANING: noun: A steep bowl-shaped mountain basin, carved by glaciers. Also known as a cirque.

ETYMOLOGY: From Welsh cwm (valley). Earliest documented use: 1853.
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CWT - a unit of weight - a short (US) hundredweight ("centiweight," or cwt) is 100 pounds (45.36 kg); a long (Imperial) cwt is 8 stone (112 lbs)

OWT - a number for counting backwards, just before ENO.

CWO - an officer who didn't get a commission

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VICTUAL

PRONUNCIATION: (VIT-l)

MEANING: noun: Food, especially food fit for human consumption.
verb tr.: To provide with food.
verb intr.: To obtain food or to eat.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin victualia (provisions), from victus (nourishment), past participle of vivere (to live). Earliest documented use: 1303.
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VICTRAL - pertaining to phonographic sound reproduction

NICTUAL - blinking

VINTUAL - winemaking

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GUNWALE

PRONUNCIATION: (GUHN-l)

MEANING: noun: The upper edge of the side of a ship or a boat.

NOTES: The word is often used in the idiom “to the gunwales” meaning to be full, almost overflowing.

ETYMOLOGY: From gun + wale (a plank along the side of a ship), from its use as a support for guns in earlier times. Earliest documented use: 1466.
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GUNSALE - the NRA's dream come true

GUNSWALE - sloping grass to facilitate drainage from an emplacement

GUNWALK - ready to draw at any moment

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SIDHE

PRONUNCIATION: (shee)

MEANING: noun:
1. A fairy.
2. The race of fairies.
3. A mound or hill where fairies are believed to live.

ETYMOLOGY: From Irish sidh (fairy mound). Earliest documented use: 1724. Now you can see where banshee came from. A banshee is the anglicized spelling of bean sidhe (literally, woman of a fairyland).
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SITHE - orthographically-challenged cutting tool for harvesting grassy crops

SIEHE - look in Berlin

SINDHE - peccavīt

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