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GAMESMANSHIP

PRONUNCIATION: (GAYMZ-muhn-ship)

MEANING: noun:
1. The use of legal, but unethical, tactics in a contest. For example, psychological intimidation, manipulation, distraction, etc.
2. The use of questionable means to gain an advantage.

ETYMOLOGY: From games + sportsmanship. Earliest documented use: 1939.
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DAMES MAN SHIP - oxymoronic definition of the Women's Navy Corps

GAMES MANWHIP - ancient spectacle for sadists

GATESMANSHIP - the art of sneaking in without paying

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PHONOPHOBIA

PRONUNCIATION: (foh-nuh/noh-FOH-bee-uh)

MEANING: noun:
1. A fear of or intolerance of loud sounds.
2. A hypersensitivity to sound.
3. An aversion to the sound of one’s own voice.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek phono- (sound) + -phobia (fear). Earliest documented use: 1841. See also, astraphobia.
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PRO-NO-PHOBIA - professionals don't scare me

PEONOPHOBIA - ...but I am afraid of serfs

PHONOPHIBIA - I can hear my leg-bones when I walk

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RETCON

PRONUNCIATION: (RET-kon)

MEANING: noun: The introduction of new information to give a different interpretation of an established storyline.

verb tr.: To revise a storyline in this manner.

ETYMOLOGY: From the first three letters of words in the phrase retroactive continuity. Earliest documented use: 1988.
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RETOON - what a fiddler does between pieces

RETCHON - the fundamental particle of nausea

RESTCON - even a prisoner is entitled to a fifteen-minute break every now and then

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FLAK

PRONUNCIATION: (flak)

MEANING: noun:
1. Severe criticism.
2. Anti-aircraft fire.

ETYMOLOGY: An acronym of German Flugzeugabwehrkanone (anti-aircraft gun), from Flieger (flyer) + Abwehr (defense) + Kanone (gun). Earliest documented use: 1938. The word is sometimes also spelled as flack.
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KLAK - the second of the Tappet brothers

BLAK - one of the colors of my True Love's hair

FLARK - Noah's flying boat

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HAZMAT

PRONUNCIATION: (HAZ-mat)

MEANING: noun: Dangerous material, for / example, something toxic, explosive, or inflammable.
adjective: Relating to hazardous material.

ETYMOLOGY: A shortening of hazardous + material. Earliest documented use: 1972.
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HAZMATH - the calculus of danger

HAR ! M.A.T. - my getting a Masters of Arts in Teaching would be laughable

HAZOMAT - where to buy teasing routines

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LARP

PRONUNCIATION: (larp)

MEANING: noun: A role-playing game in which participants assume various characters and use costumes and props.
verb intr.: 1. To play such a game.
2. To pretend to be what one is not.

ETYMOLOGY: An acronym for Live Action Role Playing. Earliest documented use: 1990.

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LARF - the sound of a Cockney laughing

LRRP - (pronounced “lurp”) a prolonged mission deep behind enemy lines; acronym of “Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol”

L.A. NP - Nurse Practitioner from southern California

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BLAD

PRONUNCIATION: (blad)

MEANING: noun: A promotional flier or a book extract packaged to showcase and promote a book.

ETYMOLOGY: Perhaps a blend of blurb + ad or an acronym for Basic/Book Layout and Design. Another possibility is from Scottish blad (fragment, portfolio). Earliest documented use: 1930s.
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BX AD - promotional literature for am obsolete form of electrical cable

OB LAD - a boy baby

B DAD - so-so parent

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INCARNATE

PRONUNCIATION: (adj: in-KAHR-nuht/nit/nayt, verb: in-KAHR-nayt)

MEANING: adjective: 1. Embodied in flesh.
2. Personified.
3. Flesh-colored; blood red..
verb tr.: 1. To give bodily form to.
2. To make real; to actualize.
3. To personify.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin incarnare (to make into flesh), from Latin caro (flesh). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sker- (to cut), which also gave us skirt, curt, screw, shard, shears, carnage, carnivorous, carnation, sharp, scrape, and incarnadine. Earliest documented use: 1395. A related word is avatar.
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IN BARN ATE - had lunch in the building with straw and cows and horses and stuff

"INCA" NATE - nickname for Nathan, the expert in Peruvian pre-Columbian civilization

IN-CAR NITE - once a month the fast-food joint invites its customers to eat their evening meal in the parking lot

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UNPLUGGED

PRONUNCIATION: (un-PLUHGD)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Authentic; unadorned.
2. Refraining from the constant use of electronic communication and entertainment devices.
3. Relating to music performed with acoustic rather than electric instruments.
4. Not connected to an electrical outlet.
5. Without a plug or stopper (of a container of liquid).
6. Low-key; intimate.

ETYMOLOGY: From un- (not) + plug, from Dutch plug. Earliest documented use: 1823.
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UMP-LUGGED - toted by the referee

GUNPLUGGED - shot with a bullet

UNSLUGGED - not shot with a bullet

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A GOGO

PRONUNCIATION: (uh GO-go)

MEANING: adjective: In abundance.

ETYMOLOGY: From French à gogo (aplenty). Earliest documented use: 1950. A synonym, galore, is also used postpositively.
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GOGO - a popular social form the 1960s, featuring provocatively clad women dancing, originally in nightclubs and bars

A GIGO - bad data give useless conclusions (acronym of "Garbage In, Garbage Out")

A GOO-GO - a solvent for sticky stuff

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