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GALAHAD

PRONUNCIATION: (GAL-uh-had)

MEANING: noun: One who is known for integrity, courteousness, and nobility.

ETYMOLOGY: After Sir Galahad, the noblest of the Knights of the Round Table, in the British legend of King Arthur. Earliest documented use: 1854.
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GAL AHAB - re-write of Moby Dick with a female Captain

GALA MAD - can't resist a good party

GAL AHEAD - said the teenager, standing on the corner with his buddies, watching

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BAEDECKER

PRONUNCIATION: (BAY-de-kuhr)

MEANING: noun: A guidebook.

ETYMOLOGY: After the German publisher Karl Baedeker (1801-1859) who founded a company that published travel guidebooks. Earliest documented use: 1863.
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BARE-DECKER - a vessel with nothing visible above water (like many submarines)

BALD ECKER - a hairless German river

BAD ECKER - another name for Bad Hartzburg in Lower Saxony

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ZEPHYR

PRONUNCIATION: (ZEF-uhr)

MEANING: noun:
1. A wind blowing from the west.
2. A gentle breeze.
3. A soft and light garment, fabric, or yarn.
4. Anything having a soft, fine quality.

ETYMOLOGY: After Zephyrus, the god of the west wind in Greek mythology. Earliest documented use: before 1150.
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ZE PYR - what got built near Giz

ZEPPYR - a closure universally used, but not exclusively since the invention of Velcro®

ZETHYR - a stringed instrument similar to an Autoharp without the pre-set chords

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JANUS-FACED

PRONUNCIATION: (JAY-nuhs-fayst)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Looking in two different directions.
2. Having two contrasting aspects.
3. Hypocritical or deceitful.

ETYMOLOGY: After Janus, the Roman god of doors, gates, and transitions. Earliest documented use: 1682. The month of January is named after Janus.
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IAN US-FACED - a James Bond novel specifically edited for publication in America

JANUS-PACED - two steps forward, two steps back, repeat ad libitum

ANUS-FACED - [censored]

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RITZ

PRONUNCIATION: (rits)

MEANING: noun: Luxury, glamor, opulence, etc.
verb tr.: 1. To make a show of luxury or opulence.
2. To behave haughtily toward someone; to snub.

ETYMOLOGY: After César Ritz (1850-1918), a Swiss hotelier. Earliest documented use: 1900.

NOTES: César Ritz was known for his opulent hotels and was called “the hotelier of kings and the king of hoteliers”. The word ritz is often used in the phrase “to put on the ritz” meaning to “make an ostentatious show”.
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RITV - television station sited in Providence, Rhode Island

FRITZ - with on the, malfunctioning

RITEZ - what the orthographically-challenged author sez he duz for a living

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FELIX CULPA

PRONUNCIATION: (FAY/FEE-liks KOOL/KUHL-pah)
plural felix culpae (KOOL/KUHL-pae/pee)

MEANING: noun: An error or disaster that has fortunate consequences.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin felix culpa (happy fault). Earliest documented use: 1913. A related word is serendipity.
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FELIX CUPPA - Garfield was not the first cat who admired coffee

HELIX CULPA - the blame goes around and around

FELIX CUB, PA - What should we call the lucky little baby lion, Ma?

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GLOSSOLALIA

PRONUNCIATION: (glos-uh-LAY-lee-uh)

MEANING: noun: Unintelligible utterances occurring during religious excitation, schizophrenia, etc. Also known as speaking in tongues.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek glosso- (tongue, language) + -lalia (chatter, babbling), from lalein (to babble). Earliest documented use: 1879. A related term is coprolalia.
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FLOSSOLALIA - the unceasing cry of the dental hygienist

GROSSOLALIA - speaking in hundred-forty-fours

GLOSSOLILIA - luminous flowers

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SINISTERITY

PRONUNCIATION: (sin-uh-STER-uh-tee)

MEANING: noun:
1. Left-handedness.
2. Skillfulness in the use of the left hand.
3. Awkwardness or clumsiness.
4. Evilness, unluckiness, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin sinister (left, left hand, unlucky). Earliest documented use: 1623. Some related words are ambisinistrous/ambisinister (clumsy with both hands) and dexterous.
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SIN IS VERITY - Evil is Truth

MINISTERITY - the office of Church leadership

SINISTER? I TRY - it isn't easy being scary and evil and threatening...

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SYMPATRIC

PRONUNCIATION: (sim-PAT-rik)

MEANING: adjective: Occurring in the same geographical area.

ETYMOLOGY: From sym-, a form of syn- (together) + patra (homeland), from pater (father). Earliest documented use: 1904. The opposite is allopatric.
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SYMMATRIC - Your parents are mirror images of each other!

GYM, PATRIC - Captain Picard needs to buff up a bit

SYMPATH, INC. - Sensitives For Hire

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SPUDDLE

PRONUNCIATION: (SPUHD-l)

MEANING: verb intr.: To work feebly.
noun: A feeble action or movement.

ETYMOLOGY: A blend of spud (a dagger or digging implement) + puddle. Earliest documented use: 1630.
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SPURDLE - to use your spurs to encourage your horse to jump over a hurdle

SPUDULE - a diminutive potato

SPUNDLE - a small sharp object which in the past was used to prick your finger to enable you to sleep

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