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PSALM

PRONUNCIATION: (sahm)

MEANING: noun: A sacred poem or song.
verb intr.: To sing a poem or song.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English psealm, from Latin psalmus, from Greek psalmos (plucking of strings), from psallein (to pluck). Earliest documented use: c. 450 CE.
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UPS ALM - government charity for the delivery company with the brown trucks

PSALOM - the son for whom King David wept when he heard of his death in battle

PSA-FM - a Public Service Announcement on the radio

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POINTILLAGE

PRONUNCIATION: (pwan-tee-YAZH)

MEANING: noun: A style of painting in which small dots are applied to the canvas. Also known as pointillism.

ETYMOLOGY: From French pointiller (to paint small dots), from Latin punctum (point), from pungere (to prick). Earliest documented use: 1887.
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PO IN VILLAGE - the river goes through the middle of town

PIN TILLAGE - the growing of golf holes

POINT ULLAGE - a promontory where liquid contents evaporate from bottles

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EUNOIA

PRONUNCIATION: (yoo-NOY-uh)

MEANING: noun:
1. A feeling of goodwill.
2. A state of good mental health.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek eunoia (well mind), from eu (well, good) + noos (mind, spirit).

NOTES: Eunoia is the shortest word in English with all five vowels.
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EU-NO-MI-A - my Italian acquaintance

REUNOIA - the return of the psychotic

PUNOIA - the satisfying feeling of having just made a good one

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SCRAUNCH or SCRANCH

PRONUNCIATION: (skrawnch)

MEANING: verb tr.: To crunch, crush, or grind.

ETYMOLOGY: Of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1620.

NOTES: The word scraunched is the longest one-syllable word in the English language.
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S.C. RANCH - what they call a hacienda in Greenville

SCRUNCH - to squeeze together so as to take up less space, as on a sofa or car seat

S.C.R. LUNCH - midday meal in the cafeteria of the State Capitol Refectory

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LIMNOPHILOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (lim-NOF-uh-luhs)

MEANING: adjective: Fond of or living in inland bodies of water such as lakes, pools, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek limne (lake) + -philous (liking). Earliest documented use: 1855.

NOTES: The word limnophilous is one of the few words in English that have four consecutive letters of the alphabet in a row. Some everyday words are understudy and overstuff.
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LIMOPHILOUS - a devotion to travelling by luxury cars

LIMPOPHILOUS - a fondness for great gray-green greasy rivers

GIMNOPHILOUS - opposite of angiophilous

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PHARMACOPOEIA or PHARMACOPEIA

PRONUNCIATION: (far-muh-kuh-PEE-uh)

MEANING: noun:
1. A book listing approved drugs and related information.
2. A stock of drugs.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek pharmakon (drug) + poiein (to make). Earliest documented use: 1618.
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PHARMACOPERA - a musical drama about ants

PARMA-COPE-IA - there's not enough cheese for the spaghetti, but I'll manage

P. HARM-A-COP ERA - 16. an unfortunate outgrowth of the Black Lives Matter movement

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OXYGEUSIA

PRONUNCIATION: (ok-see-GOO/GYOO-zee/zhee-uh, -zhuh)

MEANING: noun: An acute sense of taste.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek oxy- (sharp) + -geusia (taste). Earliest documented use: 1848.
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FOXYGEUSIA - "They never had such a supper in their life/And the little ones chewed on the bones, O...."

LOXYGEUSIA - the yummy taste of bagel and cream cheese and all the trimmings

OXYGE-U.S.A. - what we'll breathe when the CO2 level builds up too high
in this country

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HARK

PRONUNCIATION: (hark)

MEANING: verb intr.:
1. To listen attentively.
2. Hark back: to allude to or return to a previous topic, time, event, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English heorcian (to listen). Earliest documented use: 1175. A variant is hearken.
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MARK - the Muster who has three quarks, according to James Joyce

HAIK - when the Center snaps the football on the 5/7/4th syllable (that is, the count is missing its final syllable)

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TARN

PRONUNCIATION: (tarn)

MEANING: noun: A small mountain lake.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old Norse tjĒ«rn (small lake). Earliest documented use: 1400.
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TO A RN - ode in appreciation of my nurse

STARN - plural of "Star" (German)

TARM - a short runway (or, one with no alternating current)

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TOPOS

PRONUNCIATION: (TOH-pohs/pahs)

MEANING: noun: A traditional theme, literary motif, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek koinos topos (common place) which also gave us the word topic. Earliest documented use: 1948.
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POPOS - what you pat 'em on after thy put their feet up

TOPOS - short for "topographical errors"

NOPOS - Should I attach this wire to the negative terminal?

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