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WRONGOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (RONG-uhs)

MEANING: adjective: Unfair, lacking propriety, illegal, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From wrong, from Old English wrang + wise (manner). Earliest documented use: 1200.

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WRENGOUS - songbirdly

WRONG OF US - we shuddn'a done it

ORO'N'GOUS - a tasty mouthful

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EUPNEA

PRONUNCIATION: (yoop-NEE-uh)

MEANING: noun: Normal breathing.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek eu- (good) + pnein (to breathe). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pneu- (to breathe), which also gave us pneumonia, sneer, sneeze, snort, snore, pneumatic, pneuma, and pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Earliest documented use: 1706.
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EUTNEA - a kind of Reader published periodically, now only on-line

EUPEA? - an Italian parent encourages the bambino to use the potty

EUPHEA? - How much do you charge?

EUPPEA - Eung Upwardly-mobile Professional

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POSTPOSITION

PRONUNCIATION: (post-puh-ZISH-uhn)

MEANING: noun:
1. The placing of something after another.
2. Something placed in this manner, especially a word or an element placed after another.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin post- (after) + position, from ponere (to put). Ultimately from the Indo-European root apo- (off or away), which is also the source of pose, apposite, after, off, awkward, post, puny, appose, depose, repose, interpose, apposite, apropos, eftsoons, postiche, and pungle. Earliest documented use: 1546.
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PAST POSITION - where you were before you changed your mind

POSH POSITION - the lap of luxury

POSTPONITION - putting off until tomorrow what you can do today

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APOCRYPHAL

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-PAH-kri-fuhl)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Of dubious authorship or authenticity.
2. False; erroneous; fictitious.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin apocryphus (secret), from Greek apokruphos (secret, hidden), from apokruptein (to hide away), from apo- (away) + kruptein (to hide). Earliest documented use: 1590.
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A.P.O. CRY "PHIL !" - Army post office cheers for Groundhogs' Day

APOCRYPTAL - pertaining to the point most distant from a tomb

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ANERGY

PRONUNCIATION: (AN-uhr-jee)

MEANING: noun:
1. Lack of energy.
2. The lack of an immune response to a foreign substance.

ETYMOLOGY: From an- (not) + ergon (work). Earliest documented use: 1890. The opposite of sense 1 is energy and the opposite of sense 2, allergy. Earliest documented use: 1890.
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ANERGO - similar to a wherefore, a hence, and a therefore

IANERGY - what gives the original James Bond novels their drive

AN URGY - emphatic suggestion of importance and a need for promptness

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WAFFLE

PRONUNCIATION: (WAH-fuhl)

1. MEANING: noun: A crisp cake made by baking batter in an appliance with a gridlike pattern.

ETYMOLOGY: From Dutch wafel. Ultimately from the Indo-European root webh- (to weave; to move quickly), which also gave us weave, webster, wave, waver, wafer, wobble, and weft. Earliest documented use: 1744.

2. MEANING: American English: verb intr.: To be indecisive or evasive; to waver.
noun: Evasive speech or writing.

British English: verb intr.: To talk or write idly or foolishly.
noun: Pretentious or useless speech or writing.

ETYMOLOGY: Perhaps a frequentative of woff (to yelp), of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1298.
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WAAFLE - a diminutive soldier of the Women's Auxilliary Air Force

WIFFLE - to curve unpredictably, due to changing aerodynamic drag

WAFFLEY - like the nose of Christopher Robin's mouse [scroll down]

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TAW

PRONUNCIATION: (taw)

MEANING: verb intr.: To shoot a marble.
noun: 1. A large marble used as a shooter.
2. A line from which the players shoot marbles.

ETYMOLOGY: Origin unknown. Earliest documented use: 1709.

MEANING: verb tr.: 1. To prepare raw material for use.
2. To tan animal skin with alum and salt.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English tawian (to make or prepare). Earliest documented use: 893.
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ITAW - what I tawt I did to a puddy tat

TEA W - the twenty-first entry on a list of brewed beverages

TAL - Latvian chess player, World Champion in the early 1960s, died 1992

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CHUM

PRONUNCIATION: (chuhm)

A.
MEANING: noun: 1. A close friend.
2. A roommate.
verb intr.: 1. To be a close friend or to be friendly.
2. To share a room, especially in a dormitory at a school or college.

ETYMOLOGY: Originally university slang, probably from chamber fellow or chamber mate. Earliest documented use: 1684.

B.
MEANING: noun: Matter, especially fish parts, dumped into the water to attract fish.
verb intr.: To throw fish parts into the water.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin, perhaps from chum salmon. Earliest documented use: 1857.

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MEANING:
noun: Chum salmon, a fish of the northern Pacific Ocean.

ETYMOLOGY:
Probably from Chinook Jargon tzum (spotted, striped). Earliest documented use: 1908.
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CHURM - a Teutonic pathogen

CHUR - the noise made by a cicada by rubbing its foot over its wing rapidly

CO-HUM - two people yawning at the same time

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MARL

PRONUNCIATION: (marl)

1.
MEANING: noun: 1. An earthy deposit containing clay and lime.
2. Earth.
verb tr.: To fertilize with marl.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French marle, from Latin margila, diminutive of Latin marga (marl). Earliest documented use: 1280.

2.
MEANING: noun: A yarn made of differently colored threads or a fabric made from such a yarn.

ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin. Probably from shortening of marble or marbled, from Latin marmor, from Greek. marmaros (shining stone). Earliest documented use: 1892.
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MBA/RL - a business degree attained via Zoom (Masters of Business Administration/Remote Learning)

DARL - a shortened term of familiar endearment

MORL - the pithily-expressed point of Esop's Fbles

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GROUSE

PRONUNCIATION: (grous)

1.
MEANING: verb intr.: To complain or to grumble.
noun: A complaint.

ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old French groucier/grousser (to murmur or grumble). Earliest documented use: 1887.

2.
MEANING: adjective: Wonderful.
ETYMOLOGY: Australian slang, of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1941.

3.
MEANING: noun: Any of various birds that are typically plump, ground-dwelling, and have feathered legs.
ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin, perhaps from northern English dialect crouse (cheerful). Earliest documented use: 1531.
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TROUSE - what a trouser does

AGRO-USE - farming

GAROUSE - what a dog does to a covey of hidden game-birds

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