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SPIV

PRONUNCIATION: (spiv)

MEANING: noun: An unscrupulous person or a petty criminal, especially one who is sharply dressed.
verb intr.: To make a living unscrupulously.
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SHIV a small knife used by a petty criminal

SHTV - use the Mute button on a television set

SPID - went too fast and skidded

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RIVE

PRONUNCIATION: (ryv)

MEANING: verb tr.: To tear, split, fracture, etc.
verb intr.: To become split or cracked.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old Norse rifa (to tear apart). Earliest documented use: 1250.
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RIVER - one who cracks

ROVE - used to crack

DRIVE - chief design officer (CDO) of Apple Inc. (from 1997 until 2019) after he was awarded an honorary doctorate

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IDIOLATRY

PRONUNCIATION: (i-di-OL-uh-tree)

MEANING: noun: Self worship.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek idio- (one’s own, personal) + -latry (worship). Earliest documented use: 1626. A synonym is autolatry.
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IDI-OLATRY - glorifying the former head of Uganda

INDIOLATRY - diehard NASCAR racing fanatic

I DIOL AUTRY - What do I do when I want to talk to Trigger?

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CYNANTHROPY

PRONUNCIATION: si-NAN-thruh-pee)

MEANING: noun: A delusion in which one believes oneself to be a dog.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek kyon (dog) + -anthropy (human). Earliest documented use: 1594.
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CYANTHROPY - believing to b one of Burton Rouché's Eleven Blue Men

CYGNANTHROPY - believing to be an Ugly Duckling (actually, a baby swan)a

MY ANTHROPY - a child pioneer in Nebraska at the end of the Nineteenth Century
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BOLT-HOLE

PRONUNCIATION: (BOLT-hol)

MEANING: noun:
1. A place of escape, hiding, or seclusion.
2. A hole through which to escape when in danger.

ETYMOLOGY: From bolt + hole, from Old English bolt (a heavy arrow) + Old English hol (hole, cave). Earliest documented use: 1851.
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BOLT HOME - what the third-base runner does on a passed ball

DOLT-HOLE - alternative to a dunce cap on the three-legged stool in the corner

BOLE-HOLE - where you hang the bucket after tapping the sugar maple tree

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HYPERACUSIS

PRONUNCIATION: (hy-puhr-uh-KYOO-sis)

MEANING: noun: A heightened sensitivity to sounds.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek hyper- (over) + acousis (hearing). Earliest documented use: 1825.
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HYPERACUSS - a very special swear word

HYPER-ACCUSIS - "But her e-mails!..."

HOPE-RACUSIS - how we wished the Clarence Thomas affair had worked out (alas, in vain)

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SUEDE-SHOED

PRONUNCIATION: (SWAYD-shood)

MEANING: adjective: Affecting smartness and respectability.

ETYMOLOGY: From the perceived preference of suede shoes by people supposedly smart and respectable. From suede (a soft leather), from French gants de Suède (Swedish gloves). Later the word suede was applied to the material, instead of the country. Earliest documented use: 1936. Also see white-shoe.
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SUED-SHOED - obtained a warrant against the person with the boots

SUE, DE-SHOD - yes and they took off her high heels, too

SUE DE-SHOWED - she took down the racy web images

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SABOTEUR

PRONUNCIATION: (sab-uh-TUHR)

MEANING: noun: One who disrupts, damages, or destroys, especially in an underhanded manner.

ETYMOLOGY: From French saboter (to walk noisily, to botch), from sabot (wooden shoe). Earliest documented use: 1921.

NOTES: The popular story of disgruntled workers throwing their sabots into the machinery to jam it is not supported by evidence. Rather, it’s that the workers typically wore sabots.
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SAVOTEUR - a devotee of Gilbert & Sullivan, so named because of G&S' connection with the Savoy Theater in London

SABETEUR - one who knows (after Spanish ¿Quien sabe?, proposed source of Tonto's "Kemo Sabe")

SAMBOTEUR - habitual patron of a now-defunct restaurant chain (long considered politically incorrect)

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WELL-HEELED

PRONUNCIATION: (wel-HEELD)

MEANING: adjective: Having plenty of money.

ETYMOLOGY: Alluding to a person who can easily afford to replace shoes often. Earliest documented use: 1871. The opposite is down-at-the-heel.
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WELL-HEEDED - paid attention when told "the first priority is a good water supply"

WELL-WHEELED - having enclosures for its wheels

WE'LL-SEE-LED - the CEO has a make-it-up-as-we-go-along attitude

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(B)SNEAKERNET(/B)

PRONUNCIATION (SNEE-kuhr-net)

MEANING: noun: The transfer of electronic information by physically moving it storing it on a device and moving the device), instead of doing it over a computer network.

ETYMOLOGY: From sneaker (a shoe popular in everyday use) + net, alluding to someone carrying a disk, memory key, etc. from one computer to another. The shoes were called sneakers because their rubber soles made them very quiet. Earliest documented use: 1984.

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