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CRAIC

PRONUNCIATION: (krak, pronounced as the word crack)

MEANING: noun: Good times involving pleasant company, enjoyable conversation, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Irish craic. It was a borrowing from English crack, respelled as craic, and then reborrowed into English. Earliest documented use: 1972.
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CRAGIC - a situation so sad it makes you cry

CRA, INC - a company that makes supercomputers

CrA1c - glycosylated creatinine, a measure kidney function in diabetics. Compare HbA1c, glycosylated hemoglobin

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ANIME

PRONUNCIATION: (AN-uh-may)

MEANING: noun: A style of animation originating in Japan, characterized by stylized colorful art, exaggerated expressions, oversized heads, large expressive eyes, etc., meant for adults as well as children.

ETYMOLOGY: The English word animation was imported into Japanese as animēshon;, trimmed into anime, and then imported back into English. The word is ultimately from Latin anima (breath, air, life, soul, or spirit). When we animate something, we breathe life into it. We make static pictures of comic books or manga come alive as moving characters. Earliest documented use: 1985.
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AMIME - a performer who use no words in the act, just movement and gesture and position

ANAME - the state of having no appelation; being anonymous

ANIVE - a Cockney varlet or scoundrel

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TURQUOISE

PRONUNCIATION: (TUHR-koiz/kwoiz)

MEANING: noun:
1. A blue, bluish-green, or greenish-gray semi-precious stone.
2. A bluish-green color.

ETYMOLOGY. Named after Turkey. The gemstone was called turquoise because either it was discovered in Turkey or transported to Europe via Turkey. Earliest documented use: 1398.
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BURQUOISE - French women who wear a burqa (a long, loose garment covering the whole body) when in public

TORQUOISE - intensely twisty, like a tornado

TUER QUI OSE - kill, whoever dares

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QUARRY

PRONUNCIATION: (KWOR-ee)

MEANING:
noun: 1. A large, deep pit from which material such as slate, stone, etc. are extracted.
2. A rich source.
3. Something or someone hunted or chased.
4. A square or diamond-shaped stone, tile, glass pane, etc.
verb tr.: To dig, cut into, or extract.

ETYMOLOGY: For noun 3: From Old French cuiree, from cuir (leather or hide, on which entrails were placed as a reward to the hounds), from Latin corium (leather). Earliest documented use: 1330.

For noun 4: A variant of quarrel (a square-headed bolt or arrow, diamond-shaped tile or window-pane), from Latin quadrum (square). Earliest documented use: 1537.

For everything else: From Latin quareia/quareria, from Old French quarriere, from Latin quadraria (where stone is squared), from quadrare (to square), from quadrum (square). Earliest documented use: 1382.
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SQUARRY - having four roughly equal angles and roughly equal sides

QUARTY - vernacular for a standard typewriter keyboard

HUARRY - diminutive name for the city just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas

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COSPLAY

PRONUNCIATION: (KOZ/KOS-play)

MEANING: noun: 1. The act or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction, such as a comic book, video game, film, etc.
2. The act of, or an instance of, pretending to be someone in a deceptive manner.
verb tr.: 1. To dress up as a fictional character in cosplay.
2. To pretend to be someone in a deceptive manner.
verb intr.: To take part in cosplay.

ETYMOLOGY: English words costume + play were borrowed into Japanese as kosuchūmupurē in 1983. Eventually, the term became shortened to kosupure. Then it was borrowed back into English as cosplay in 1993.
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GO SPLAY - spread apart, but do it somewhere else

CO-SPLAT - to land, and smush, at the same time

COT-PLAY - hanky-panky in the tent

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LITTORAL

PRONUNCIATION: (LIT-uhr-uhl)

MEANING: adjective: Relating to or situated at the shore.
noun: A shore, especially the area between high tide and low tide levels.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin litus (shore). Earliest documented use: 1656.
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LITTERAL - shorelines and beaches covered with picnickers' garbage

LIT-MORAL - short, pithy, sometimes cryptic saying found at the end of each fable

LILT-ORAL - a song

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OCELLATED

PRONUNCIATION: (OS-uh-lay-tid)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Having eyelike spots.
2. Eyelike.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin ocellus, diminutive of oculus (eye). Earliest documented use: 1713.
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OX-ELLATED - a delighted beast of burden

"O CELLO" - TED - Edward, the youngest Kennedy brother, apostrophizes about a large stringed instrument

OPELLATED - transformed into a German automobile

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OSCELLATED - viewed with the eyes or head moving regularly from side to side, as at a tennis match

OSKILLATED - alternately kissed two lovers, one on either side

OCULATED - hypercorrection of inoculated (cf. flammable)

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AWEIGH

PRONUNCIATION: (uh-WAY)

MEANING: adjective, adverb: Just clear of the bottom (used for a ship’s anchor).

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English wegan (to move or weigh). Earliest documented use: 1606.
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AWE-ISH - inspiring amazement, wonder, respect...sort of...

SWEIGH - to go back and forth, slowly, ponderously (see OSCELLATE, above)

AWRIGH - 1) "Well done, way to go, good job!" 2) in a manner different from what was intended

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