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MATHEMATICAL

PRONUNCIATION: (math-uh-MAT-i-kuhl)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Relating to mathematics.
2. Absolute or certain.
3. Possible, but highly improbable.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin mathematicus, from Greek mathematikos, from mathema (learning, science), from manthanein (to learn). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mendh- (to learn), which also gave us chrestomathy, philomath, and opsimath. Earliest documented use: 1475.
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MATHEMAGICAL - unexpected number tricks

MATHEMARTICAL - shopping for bargains

MYTHEMATICAL - the scientific study of the goings-on at Asgard, Olympus, Mt Moru, etc.

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PRONUNCIATION: (moot)

MEANING: adjective: 1. Open to discussion: debatable.
2. Of little practical value, hence not worth considering.
noun: 1. An assembly or court.
2. A discussion or argument.
verb tr.: 1. To bring up for discussion or debate.
2. To make something irrelevant or insignificant as a result of the issue being resolved.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English gemot (meeting, assembly, court). Earliest documented use: 450.
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SMOOT - a unit of length by which is measured the Harvard bridge over the Charles River in Cambridge, MA; derived from the name of one-time MIT student Olive Smoot

MOBOT - a robot coöpted into the service of Organized Crime

MR OT - professional athlete famous for his ability to win for his team by scoring during overtime

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MOSEY

PRONUNCIATION: (MOH-zee)

MEANING: verb intr.:
1. To move in a leisurely manner.
2. To leave quickly.

ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1829.
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AMOSEY - homey, down-to-earth, generally with a partner like Andy

MOSHEY - an example of Far Eastern cuisine

MOSAY - a delicious National Anthem

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VISCERAL

PRONUNCIATION: (VIS-uhr-uhl)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Related to viscera.
2. Instinctive, not reasoning or intellectual.
3. Dealing with base emotions; earthy, crude.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin viscera (internal organs), plural of viscus (flesh). From the belief that viscera were the seat of emotions. Earliest documented use: 1575.
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PISCERAL - pertaining to fishes

MISCERAL - about a mixed bag of various kinds of things

VI-SCLERAL - having six eyes

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BLOOD-AND-GUTS

PRONUNCIATION: (BLUHD-n-GUHTS)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Marked by great violence, especially when depicted in a graphic way.
2. Dealing with fundamental concerns.
3. Performed with great zeal or vigor.

ETYMOLOGY: From blood, from Old English blod and gut, from Old English guttas (guts). Earliest documented use: 1894.
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BLOOD-AND-CUTS - after the pirates have attacked

BLOOD-AND-NUTS - hospital delivery, for the Operating Room and the Snack Shop

BLOOD-AND-GUSTS - many more casualties than usual from that tornado

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HAMSTRING

PRONUNCIATION: (HAM-string)

MEANING: noun: 1. Any of the tendons at the back of the knee.
2. Any of the three muscles in the back of the thigh, connecting the pelvis and the knee.
verb tr.: 1. To disable or make ineffective.
2. To cut the hamstring.

ETYMOLOGY: From ham (the back of the knee) + string (tendon). Earliest documented use: 1565.
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HAM STRONG - The Easter roast has started to turn bad

HAMS TIRING - I've been overtaxing my leg and hip muscles

SHAM STRING - what you use to tighten the pillowslip

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CHOPPED LIVER

PRONUNCIATION: (CHOPT LIV-uhr)

MEANING: noun: Something or someone treated as unimportant.

ETYMOLOGY: From Yiddish gehakte leber (chopped liver). Earliest documented use: 1947.
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CHOPPED LOVER - the ultimate revenge for committing adultery

CHOPPED LITER - cheating at the gasoline pump

SHOPPED LIVER - the best bargain for the meat to go with your onions

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HEART-WHOLE

PRONUNCIATION: (HART-hohl)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Unattached: not in love.
2. Sincere; wholehearted.

ETYMOLOGY: From heart, from Old English heorte + whole, from Old English hal (whole). Earliest documented use: 1470.
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HEARTH-WHOLE - from an intact home

HEART-WHOSE - searching for Mr Right

SHE-ART WHOLE - her painting oeuvre is completed

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GOSPEL

PRONUNCIATION: (GOS-puhl)

MEANING: noun:
1. Message, teachings, or principles of a person or organization.
2. Something regarded as authoritative or infallible, especially when believed unquestionably.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old English gōdspel, from gōd (good) + spell (tale, news). Earliest documented use: 950.
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GO SPELL - the English teacher's drill assignment

GO SPIEL - Time to play!

GASPEL - a diminutive sudden unexpected indrawing of the breath

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MESSIAH

PRONUNCIATION: (muh-SY-uh)

MEANING: noun: A savior, liberator, or leader of a group or a cause.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin messias, from Greek messias, from Hebrew mashia (anointed), from Aramaic masiah (the anointed one), from masah (to anoint). Ultimately from the Semitic root msh (to anoint), which also gave us massage and masseur. Earliest documented use: 450.
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MESSISH - message from a drunk

MESSI - HAH - having contempt for the world-class soccer player who now plays for Inter Miami

MESSINAH - a town in upper New York State, on the St Lawrence River

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