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PALLADIAN

PRONUNCIATION: (puh-LAY-dee-uhn)

MEANING: adjective: 1. Wise or learned.
2. Relating to wisdom, knowledge, or learning.
3. Of or relating to the classical architectural style of Andrea Palladio.

ETYMOLOGY: For 1 & 2: After Athena (also known as Pallas Athena), a goddess of wisdom in Greek mythology. Her name has also resulted in other words such as palladium and athenaeum. Earliest documented use: 1562.

For 3: After Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), Venetian architect. Earliest documented use: 1731.
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PALLAIDIAN - helping a buddy

BALLADAIAN - telling a story through song

PAULA DIAN - two girls' names popuiar in the Oughts

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GOMER

PRONUNCIATION: (GOH-muhr)

MEANING: noun:
1. A naive and inept trainee or worker.
2. An undesirable hospital patient, one who may be unpleasant, senile, or unresponsive to treatment.
3. A conical chamber used in guns and mortars.

ETYMOLOGY: For 1: Of unconfirmed origin, but likely after Gomer Pyle, a character in the television series The Andy Griffith Show, later in his own spin-off show Gomer Pyle, USMC, broadcast in the 1960s. Earliest documented use: 1967.

For 2: Most likely from the same origin as sense 1. It has been suggested that it’s an acronym for “Get Out of My Emergency Room”, but that may be a backronym (an acronym coined to explain a word that’s not actually an acronym). Earliest documented use: 1972.

For 3: After Louis-Gabriel de Gomer (1718-1798), French military officer who invented it. Earliest documented use: 1828.
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GNOMER - a hunter who specializes in small unpleasant garden critters

DOMER - circumlocution for "egghead" (an intellectual out of touch with the Real World)

GLOMER - a Scotsman who goes roamin' in the evening hours around sunset

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ALEXANDER

PRONUNCIATION: (a-lig-ZAN-duhr)

MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To praise or flatter.
2. To hang someone.

ETYMOLOGY: For 1: After Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE) of Macedon, who never lost a war and earned widespread renown for his victories. Earliest documented use: 1700.

For 2: After Jerome Alexander (1590-1670), English judge, who was disbarred in England for misconduct and moved to Ireland where he delighted in giving death sentences. Earliest documented use: 1666.
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ALEC AND 'ER - actor Guinness and his partner

ALEXA NUDER - just imagine: Amazon's desktop assistant with no clothes

ALEMANDER - someone who enjoys square dancing, left and right; often British

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HAIL MARY

PRONUNCIATION: (HAYL MAYR-ee)

MEANING: noun: A last-ditch attempt, made in desperation, having little chance of success, but potentially resulting in a big payoff.

ETYMOLOGY: From Hail Mary, translation of Latin Ave Maria, the first two words of a prayer. Earliest documented use: 1930s.
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FAIL MARY - what the teacher did in Care of Lambs class

HAIL MART - where you buy icy precipitation

HAIL CARY - Mr Grant gets some well-due accolades

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KINGPIN

PRONUNCIATION: (KING-pin)

MEANING: noun:
1. The most important person in an organization, especially one who is the head of a crime organization.
2. The tallest, foremost, or the central pin in an arrangement of bowling pins.
3. A main bolt, for example, a large vertical bolt in an axle of a vehicle.

ETYMOLOGY: From skittles, a lawn game involving pins that are toppled by a ball, the ancestor of modern bowling. Earliest documented use: 1773.
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KING-PING - the most recent arrival in the Panda zoo

DING PIN - fashion accessory with a dent in it

KING PUN - paranomastic equivalent of Monte Python's "Killer Joke"

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WHEELHOUSE

PRONUNCIATION: (HWEEL-haus)

MEANING: noun:
1. An enclosed area on a boat or ship that houses the steering wheel.
2. In baseball, the area in which it’s easiest for the batter to hit the ball with the most power.
3. One’s area of interest or expertise.

ETYMOLOGY: The term has its origins in nautical lingo in which a wheelhouse is a synonym for a pilothouse. From water the term evolved to the land: in baseball, it’s an area of a batter’s greatest striking power. From there, the term took a broader sense. Earliest documented use: 1835.
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WHEEL HOSE - device for firemen to use so their hoses don't get tangled

WHEEL-HORSE - equine used to power an early kind of mill

THE EL HOUSE - storage yard for Chicago public elevated-transit cars

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SNOOKER

PRONUNCIATION: (SNOO-kuhr)

MEANING: verb tr.: To cheat, dupe, trap, stymie, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: Snooker is a cue sport played on a billiards table. The origins of the name are lost to history. Snooker is also slang for a new cadet. The most popular story is that the word was used by a British army officer, Neville Chamberlain (not the future PM), commenting on a fellow officer’s sub-par performance at the pool table. In a game of snooker, the word is also used as a verb for leaving an opponent in a place such that it’s impossible to take a direct shot. This usage likely resulted in the general sense of the word. Earliest documented use: 1889
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SNO-POKER - gambling game, played with cards and ice-chips

SNOODER - plays the net position in doubles tennis

NOOKER - a small recess for a display shelf, only crannier

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JUMP BALL

PRONUNCIATION:(JUHMP bawl) 

MEANING:noun:
1. A contest too close to call.
2. An undecided situation or one with no preference.

ETYMOLOGY: From the game of basketball in which, to begin or to resume play, an official throws a ball up between two opponents. Earliest documented use: 1924.
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JUMP Y'ALL - Fort Polk (LA) Drill Sergeant's command

DUMP BALL - proposed slogan of a campaign to discredit Lucy during the height of the McCarthy craze

SUMP BALL - the mechanism that triggers the device that empties water from your basement

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BALONEY or BOLONEY

PRONUNCIATION: (buh-LOH-nee)

MEANING: noun: Nonsense, such as foolish, deceptive, or pretentious talk.

ETYMOLOGY: From respelling of bologna (pronounced buh-LOH-nee), a kind of seasoned sausage, from the Italian city of Bologna (buh-LON-yuh; in Italian: bo-lo-nyah). Earliest documented use: 1928.
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BALOONEY - light, tending to float away (or at least waft in the breeze)

BOONEY - the hinterlands (fr. bunduk, a remote mountain)

BALCONEY - a rabbit or hyrax that lives on your apartment terrace

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Regarding PRECOCIOUS, at what age does one become cocious? When does cocious end and postcocious begin?

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