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SEHNSUCHT

PRONUNCIATION: (ZEN-zookht)

MEANING: noun: Yearning or longing.

PRONUNCIATION: (ZEN-zookht)

ETYMOLOGY: From German Sehnsucht (longing or yearning), from sehnen (to long or yearn) + Sucht (craving or addiction). Earliest documented use: 1847.
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SEIN SUCHT - 1. his needs; 2. I'm looking for that river through Paris

SEHN SUCH - they really want that kind of thing

SEHN AUCH "T" - they also crave those little golf-ball supports
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[In a foreign language these tend to be a little strained]

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LEI

PRONUNCIATION: (lay, LAY-ee)

MEANING: noun: A garland, typically made of flowers, or leaves, shells, nuts, feathers, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Hawaiian lei. Earliest documented use: 1843.
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ILEI - paralyzed intestines

LEIB - (German) body

LII - that new card game, named for the number of cards in its deck

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VERSTEHEN

PRONUNCIATION: (fuhr-SHTAY-uhn)

MEANING: noun: The use of empathy in understanding human actions and behavior, especially in interpreting sociological or historical events.

ETYMOLOGY. From German verstehen (to understand). Earliest documented use: 1934.
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VERSE HEN - she writes poetry

VERS THEN - toward that time, in Paris

OVER-STEHEN - to remain in Berlin for too long

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KAPU

PRONUNCIATION: (KAH-poo)

MEANING: noun: Taboo.

ETYMOLOGY: From Hawaiian kapu, from the Proto-Polynesian root tapu which also gave us taboo. Earliest documented use: 1933.
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OKAPU - more than one relatively long-necked African ruminants, akin to giraffes

KARU - a brand of sweet corn-sugar syrup, often poured over pancakes and waffles

KUPU - a small hand-sized vessel for tea, used in Japan

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WISSENSCHAFT

PRONUNCIATION: (VI-suhn-shaft)

MEANING: noun: Knowledge, learning, and science or their systematic pursuit.

ETYMOLOGY: From German Wissenschaft (science), from Wissen (knowledge) + -schaft (-ship, making). Earliest documented use: 1934.
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WISSENSCHRAFT - a former restaurant chain and manufacturer of candy, chocolates and cakes, since purchased by Pet Milk Company and broken into its several components

WISSENS CHAT - a conversation about human knowledge

WISSENS CHART - a graphic representation of same

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PALMATE

PRONUNCIATION: (PAL/PAHL/PA/PAH-mayt)

MEANING: adjective: Shaped like a hand with the fingers spread.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin palma (palm, palm tree), which also gave us palmer, palmary, and palmy. Earliest documented use: 1738.
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PSALMATE - lyrical and poetic

PALM DATE - a kind of tree tryst

DALMATE - to speckle a white dog with black dots

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TWO-FISTED

PRONUNCIATION: (TOO-fis-tuhd, too-FIS-)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Tough; aggressive.
2. Energetic; enthusiastic.
3. Using both hands.

ETYMOLOGY: The term describes someone using both hands, literally or figuratively, where a clenched fist alludes to vigor, resolve, etc. From two, from Old English twa (two) + fist, from Old English fyst (fist). Earliest documented use: 1774. Also see ironfisted, clutchfist, and hardfisted.
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TWO-FASTED - celebrating both abstinence-observing holidays on the same day

TWO-LISTED - a second-team player

TWO-FISHED - limited to only a couple of piscatorial species

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PUGILISM

PRONUNCIATION: (PYOO-juh-liz-uhm)

MEANING: noun: The hobby or sport of fighting with fists: boxing.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin pugil (boxer), from pugnare (to fight), from pugnus (fist). Ultimately from the Indo-European root peuk- (to prick), which also gave us point, puncture, pungent, punctual, poignant, pounce, poniard, oppugn, repugn, impugn, pugilist, repugnant, pugnacious, and propugnaculum. Earliest documented use: 1788.
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RUGILISM - a style of interior-decorating featuring small carpets in many places

PURILISM - childishness

BUGILISM - 1. government by insects; 2. government by horn-players

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CACK-HANDED

PRONUNCIATION: (kak-HAN-did, KAK-han-)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Clumsy; awkward.
2. Left-handed.

ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin. Perhaps from cack (excrement), ultimately from the Indo-European root kakka-/kaka- (to defecate) which also gave us poppycock, cacophony, cacology, cacography, and cacoethes. Earliest documented use: 1854.
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BACK-HANDED - like "TNEMILPMOC"

CLACK-HANDED - a Flamenco castinet-player

LACK-HANDED - afflicted with phocomelia

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MANDUCTION

PRONUNCIATION: (man-yuh-DUHK-shuhn)

MEANING: noun:
1. The act of guiding, leading, or introducing.
2. Something that guides, leads, or introduces.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin manuduction, from manus (hand) + ducere (to draw, lead). Earliest documented use: 1505.
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SANDUCTION - the process whereby the beach under your feet at the waterline is washed away by receding waves

MANDICTION - using very clear enunciation to give a condescending (and perhaps unnecessary) explanation

MANDUCATION - teaching young Homo sapiens to be more mature

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