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TOMCAT

PRONUNCIATION: (TOM-kat)

MEANING: noun: 1. A male domestic cat.
2. A womanizer.
verb intr.: To pursue women promiscuously.

ETYMOLOGY:The word was probably popularized by the anonymously published children’s book The Life and Adventures of a Cat (1760). Earliest documented use: for a cat: 1772; for a womanizer; 1884, for verb: 1917.
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I AM CAT - popular song proclaiming the power of the species; 1971, by Feline Reddy, also covered by many others

TOM-TAT - past tense of the singer of "Willow, tit-willow, tit-willow"

TOM-CRAT - member of a government by cat

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WHINGE

PRONUNCIATION: (whinj)

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

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English hwinsian (to whine). Earliest documented use: verb 1150, noun 1530.
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SHINGE - to sear one's hair while intoxicated

WHINCE - to flinch in an aspirated fashion

W-HINGE - articulates in three bends

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NITCH

PRONUNCIATION: (nich)

MEANING: noun: A notch or a small cut.
verb tr.: To make a small cut or notch.

ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of niche. Earliest documented use: noun: 1726; verb: 1880.
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KITCH - where you prepare din-din

NIT, DH - Now batting, Willie Nit, Designated Hitter

NITCO - "Our Specialty: the eggs of Pedculus humanus capitis"

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MARATHON

PRONUNCIATION: (MAR-uh-thon/thuhn)

MEANING: noun: 1. A footrace of 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 km).
2. Any long-distance race, for example, a swimming marathon.
3. An endurance event or contest, such as a dance marathon.
4. An event of greater than usual length, for example, a Netflix marathon.
adjective: Relating to something that requires a lot of effort and endurance.
verb tr.: To take part in a long race, task, event, etc., or one that requires long sustained effort.

ETYMOLOGY: After Marathon, a village in Greece, the site of victory over Persians in 490 BCE and from where a messenger ran to Athens to carry the news. Earliest documented use: 1896.
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BARATHON - major push to study before the lawers' certification test

MARATHOU - deface a $1,0000 bill

MURATHON - covering the entire wall with art in one single session

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TROCHE

PRONUNCIATION: (TROH-kee, British: trosh)

MEANING:
oun: A small tablet or lozenge, typically round and sweetened.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek trochos (wheel), from trechein (to run), which also gave us the metrical trochee. Earliest documented use: 1597.
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TORO CHE - prize bull named for the Cuban revolutionary

TROTHE - women promising to marry

TOCHE - one buttock

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INTERLOPE

PRONUNCIATION: (in-tuhr-LOHP, IN-tuhr-lohp)

MEANING: verb intr.: To intrude or interfere.

ETYMOLOGY: Probably a back-formation from interloper, from Latin inter- (between) + Dutch lopen (to run), which also gave us landloper and landlubber. Earliest documented use: 1603.
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WINTER LOPE - it's a different gait, running in February

INTER HOPE - exhortation to All Ye Who Enter Here

INTER-POPE - when the Pope dies and a new Pope has yet been elected

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PRODROME

PRONUNCIATION: (PROH-drohm)

MEANING: noun: An early symptom that indicates the onset of a disease or an episode of something such as a migraine.

ETYMOLOGY: From French prodrome (forerunner), from Latin prodromus, from Ancient Greek prodromos, from pro- (before) + dromos (running), which also gave us syndrome, hippodrome, and palindrome. Earliest documented use: 1611.
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PYRO-DROME - where they hold competitive fireworks displays

PRO DOME - indoor arena where the Big Leagues play

PROD ROMEO - Juliet is hinting

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DROMOMANIA

PRONUNCIATION: (droh-muh-MAY-nee-uh)

MEANING: noun
1. A compulsive desire to travel.
2. An excessive enthusiasm for running.

ETYMOLOGY: From Ancient Greek dromos (running) + -mania (excessive enthusiasm or craze). Earliest documented use: 1900.
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DR. OÖMANIA - a medical ovulation specialist (not to say a fanatic)

DR.OZ-OMANIA - what almost got him elected in Pennsylvania

DRONOMANIA - excessive enthusiasm about remote-controlled flying craft

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CHERUBIC

PRONUNCIATION: (chuh-ROO-bik)

MEANING: - adjective: Having a sweet, innocent appearance.

ETYMOLOGY: - From cherub, from Latin cherubim, from Greek kheroubin, from Hebrew kerubim. Ultimately from the Semitic root krb (to praise). Earliest documented use: 1645.
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THE RUBIC - that fellow who invented that cube puzzle so popular 40 years ago

CHERUB, INC - a subsidiary of Heaven, LLC (salvation is a growth industry these days)

CHER URIC - dear gout

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NIDUS

PRONUNCIATION: (NY-duhs)

MEANING: noun:
1. A nest.
2. A source or the central point, especially of infection where bacteria or other pathogens breed.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin nidus (nest). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sed- (to sit), which also gave us nest, sit, chair, saddle, assess, sediment, soot, cathedral, tetrahedron, nidifugous (leaving the nest soon after birth), and nidicolous (remaining with parents). Earliest documented use: 1691.
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MID-U.S. - two or three hundred miles on either side of the Mississippi

NIDUC - a Native American tribe of western New Hampshire

NINDUS - a river in Nindia, one of the four great rivers of the middle-east and Nindian subcontinent and a cradle of cnivilization

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