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SWAN

PRONUNCIATION: (swan)

MEANING: noun: 1. Any of various long-necked large waterbirds, usually in white plumage.
2. Someone or something of unusual beauty, grace, purity, etc.
verb intr.: 1. To move about in an idle, aimless way.
2. To declare or to swear.

ETYMOLOGY: For verb 2: From shortening of “I shall warrant” or “I swear on”.
For the rest: From Old English swan. Ultimately from the Indo-European root swen- (to sound), which also gave us sound, sonic, sonnet, sonata, and unison.
Earliest documented use: for noun: 700; for verb 1: 1893; for verb 2: 1823.
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SHWAN - an obsolete catalog of long-playing classical music records, usually 33 1/3 rpm

SWAR - blasphemed, in Ozark country

St. WAN - the fourth Gospel in Madrid, transcribed phonetically

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INTERPUNCTION

PRONUNCIATION: (in-tuhr-PUNGK-shuhn)

MEANING: noun:
1. Punctuation.
2. A punctuation mark.
3. The insertion of punctuation marks in a text.

ETYMOLOGY:
from Latin inter- (between) + punctum (dot, point). Earliest documented use: 1617.
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INTER JUNCTION - Old Western city of mortuaries

INTERN PUNCTION - the empathy shown by junior House Officers in a hospital

INTER-FUNCTION - when you switch your focus while multitasking

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EXUVIATE

PRONUNCIATION: (ig-ZOO-vee-ayt)

MEANING: verb tr., intr.: To shed or cast off.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin exuere (to take off). Earliest documented use: 1855.
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EXUVLATE - recently divorced

TEXU-VIA-TE - I order you to go by way of Texas

LEXUVIATE - rejoioce because of the new luxury car

EXUVATE - all the grape has been removed

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CYESIS

PRONUNCIATION: (sy-EE-sis)

MEANING: noun: Pregnancy.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek kyesis (pregnancy).
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CHYE, SIS - would you like some tea, my sibling?

CY, AS IS - With so many fantastic pitchers of late, shouldn't we change the name of the award?

O YES. "IS." - I've forgotten the third person singular of "to be"

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COGITATE

PRONUNCIATION: (KOJ-i/uh-tayt)

MEANING: verb tr., intr.: To think, reflect, meditate, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin cogitare, from co- (together) + agitare (to turn over, to consider). Earliest documented use: 1570.
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COGITO TE - I think of you

COPITATE - enumerate the members of the police force

CO-GIRATE - dance with a partner

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BLATTEROON

PRONUNCIATION: (blat-uh-ROON)

MEANING: noun: A babbler.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin blaterare (to babble). Earliest documented use: 1647.
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BLÄTTEROOM - a special display of Teutonic leaves

BATTEROON - hitters' convention

BLASTEROON - candy made with red-hot Cinnamon and other stimulating ingredients

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ADERATION or ADAERATION

PRONUNCIATION: (ay-di-RAY-shuhn)

MEANING: noun: The act of giving a monetary value to something.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin adaerare (to calculate or estimate), from ad- (to, toward) + aes (copper, brass). Earliest documented use: 1623.
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ADORATION - The act of giving a value in gold to something.

ADAGERATION - citing an old folksy saying that overstates its moral

ALE RATION - a reward for soldiers, analogous to a ration of grog in the Navy

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SATURNALIAN

PRONUNCIATION: (sat-uhr-NAY-lee-uhn)

MEANING: adjective: Marked by unrestrained revelry, overindulgence, licentiousness, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin Saturnalia (relating to Saturn). In ancient Rome, Saturnalia was a festival organized in honor of the Roman god Saturn who also gave his name to the planet Saturn. Earliest documented use: 1621.
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SATURDALIAN - pertaining to the seventh day of the week

SAT URINAL, IAN - Listen, Mr F, I figured out how Bond can empty his bladder on the Moonrakers!

SATURN, ALLAN - NASA used it to launch several early space vehicles, Mr Dulles

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BISSEXTILE

PRONUNCIATION: (by-SEKS-til/tyl)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to the leap year or the extra day in a leap year.
noun: Leap year.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin bisextilis annus (leap year), from Latin bissextus (Feb 29: leap day), from bi- (two) + sextus (sixth), from the fact that the sixth day before the Calends of March (Feb 24) appeared twice every leap year. Earliest documented use: 1398.
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BISSEL TILE - bathroom flooring you can clean with a carpet sweeper

BISS EXILE - the villainous Mr Biss has been expelled from the country

BI-SEXTILE - tertile (a third part)

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LUNATION

PRONUNCIATION:
(loo-NAY-shuhn)

MEANING:
noun: The time between two new moons, about 29 and a half days. A lunar month.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin luna (moon). Earliest documented use: 1398.
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LUNATHON - watching the moon continuously from new one moon to the next one

LANATION - Miss Lane is jealous of Miss Lang and so officially changes her name

U-NATION - the country formerly known as Burma (re-named in honor of the former U N Secretary General)

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