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HERJULES

PRONUNCIATION: (HUHR-kyuh-leez)

MEANING: noun: A man of extraordinary strength or size.

ETYMOLOGY: After Hercules, the son of Zeus and Alcmene in Greek mythology. Hercules performed many feats requiring extraordinary strength and effort, such as cleaning the Augean stables. He also slew the monster Hydra. Earliest documented use: 1567. Also see herculean.
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HERULES - Vive le Roi!

HERJULES - the royal diamonds and emeralds

HERCULESS - Dame Agatha without her renowned Belgian detective

HERCUES - Even after losing everything in a disastrous fire, the renowned actress never missed these

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TRAVEST

PRONUNCIATION: (TRA-vuhst)

MEANING: verb tr.: To mock or to parody.

ETYMOLOGY: From either French travestir or Italian travestire, from tra- (across), from Latin trans- + vestire (to dress). Earliest documented use: 1656.
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TARAVEST - a waistcoat with the motto of Scarlett's plantation embroidered to the pocket

TERAVEST - what you'd have to do, and tlhen some, to buy half of the outstanding Apple stock

THAVEST - what you put on after you've put on thapants, thashirt, and thatie

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ANATHEMATIZE

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-NATH-uh-muh-tyz)

MEANING: verb tr.: To denounce, condemn, or curse.

ETYMOLOGY: From Middle French anathematiser, from Latin anathematizare (to ban, curse, or detest), from Greek anathematizein (to curse), from anathema (something devoted to evil). Earliest documented use: 1473.
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A.B.A.-THEMATIZE - to re-write a Scott Turow book so that it's really about Organized Law

ANTHEMATIZE - to make a song symbolize a country

ANATHEMA-TIKE - Dennis the Menace (apologies to Hank Ketcham)

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IMMISERATE

PRONUNCIATION: (i-MIZ-uh-rayt)

MEANING: verb tr.: To impoverish or to make miserable.

ETYMOLOGY: Back-formation from immiseration (impoverishment), loan translation of German Verelendung (impoverishment). The word is from in- (into) + miserable, from Latin miserari (to pity), from miser (pitiable, wretched). Earliest documented use: 1956.
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A.M. MISERATE - unhappiness in the morning

IMMIE RATE - what it costs to buy a marble

EMMI-BERATE - to scold for being too fixated on TV awards

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BETRUMP

PRONUNCIATION: (be-TRUHMP)

MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To deceive or cheat.
2. To elude.

ETYMOLOGY: From be- + French tromper (to deceive), which also gave us trumpery and trompe l’oeil. Earliest documented use: 1522.
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BEST RUMP - a superlative cut of roast

BE TRAMP - play a role in a Charlie Chaplin movie (or a full-length Disney cartoon)

BET SUM (𝑝) - make a quiet wager

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MANUSCRIBE

PRONUNCIATION: (MAN-yuh-skryb)

MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To write by hand.
2. To autograph.

ETYMOLOGY: Back-formation from manuscript, from manus (hand) + scribere (to write). Ultimately from the Indo-European root skribh- (to cut, separate, or sift), which also gave us subscribe, scripture, scribble, describe, circumflex, and circumspect. Earliest documented use: 1649.
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MANY SCRIBE - just about everybody knows how to write

MANUS CRIME - transgressions committed by hand

MANU'S TRIBE - his extended family, friends and companions

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TYPOMANIA

PRONUNCIATION: (ty-puh-MAY-nee-uh)

MEANING: noun:
1. An obsession with typography.
2. An obsession with typology or symbolism.
3. An obsession with getting published.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek typos (impression) + mania (excessive enthusiasm or craze). Earliest documented use: 1882.
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TYPHOMANIA - I see evidence of Salmonella infections everywhere

T.Y., ROMANIA - an expression of gratitude in Bucharest

TYPTOMANIA - a fascination with tulips, Tiny Tim, and ukuleles

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EPISTEMOLOGY

MEANING: noun: The study of knowledge, especially its nature, origin, limits, validity, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek episteme (knowledge) + -logy (study). Earliest documented use: 1847.
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EPISTEMOLOGY - science of plant pests (aphids et al) that grow on the stems and leaves

EPICSTEMOLOGY - how sunflowers keep their blooms upright

EXISTEMOLOGY - whether or not there is a genre of rock music dealing with emotional themes

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YESTEREVE

PRONUNCIATION: (YES-tuh-reev)

MEANING: noun: Yesterday evening.
adverb: During yesterday evening.

ETYMOLOGY: From yester- (a time one period before the present one), from Old English giestran (previous day) + eve/even (evening). Earliest documented use: 1565. Another form of this word is yestreen.
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ESTEREVE - the night before Purim

YESSER, EVE - Adam accedes to his mate's requests, if sarcastically

GESTE RÈVE - dream of elegance and magnanimity

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MARCESCENCE

PRONUNCIATION: (mahr-SES-uhns)

MEANING: noun: The retention of dead leaves, etc., as opposed to shedding.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin marcescere (to wither), from marcere (to wither). Earliest documented use: 1859.
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MAR-CRESCENCE - sea level is rising

MARCH SCENE - warriors in serried ranks assembled

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