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CAPACITATE

PRONUNCIATION: (kuh-PAS-i-tayt)

MEANING:verb tr.: To make capable.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin capax (able to hold much), from capere (to take). Earliest documented use: 1657.
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COPACITATE - to assess the maximum number of people that can legally occupy a New York City nightclub (or a beach in Rio)

CAP, ACT, ATE. - Put your hat on, take the college-entrance test, have supper.

C.A.P. AGITATE - stir up the Auto Parts store

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EPTITUDE

PRONUNCIATION: (EP-ti-tood/tyood)

MEANING: noun: Skill or proficiency in a situation or a task.

ETYMOLOGY: Back-formation from ineptitude, from Latin aptus (apt, fitted), past participle of apere (fasten). Earliest documented use: 1967.
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ENTITUDE - having the inertia of a tree

PEPTITUDE - having a delicate stomach

EPPI 'TUDE - Ann Landers [pen name of Eppie Lederer] had a chip on her shoulder

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MEDIATE

PRONUNCIATION: (adj.: MEE-dee-uht, verb: -ayt)

MEANING: adjective: 1. Involving an intervening agency; not direct or immediate.
2. Being in a middle position.
verb tr., intr.: 1. To act as an intermediary to resolve a conflict, bring about a solution, etc.
2. To divide into two parts.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin mediare (to be in the middle), from Latin medius (middle). Ultimately from the Indo-European root medhyo- (middle), which also gave us middle, mean, medium, medal (originally a coin worth a halfpenny), mezzanine, mediocre, mediterranean, moiety, and mullion. Earliest documented use: 1440.
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MEDI-ANTE - I'll throw my stethoscope into the pot to play this hand

MED-IRATE - 1. angry doctor; 2. hospital daily room charge

ME DILATE - i'm gonna have my baby pretty soon!

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MACULATE

PRONUNCIATION: (MAK-yuh-layt, adj: -lit/-luht)

MEANING: verb tr.: To stain, blemish, or pollute.
adjective: Stained, spotted, or impure.

ETYMOLOGY: from Latin maculare (to stain, disgrace), from macula (stain, blemish). Earliest documented use: 1475.
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MACLATE - fast food ain't so fast any more

MASCULATE - to enhance maleness

MACULYTE - the energy drink you get at the Golden Arches

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NOCENT

PRONUNCIATION: (NOH-suhnt)

MEANING: adjective
1. Harmful.
2. Guilty.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin nocens (injurious, guilty), present participle of nocere (to harm). Earliest documented use: 1447.
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NO SCENT - my skunk won't give anyone any trouble

NO SENT - returned for additional postage

NO CELT - No Irish Need Apply

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PECCANT

PRONUNCIATION: (PEK-uhnt)

MEANING: adjective: 1. Sinful; 2. Violating a rule.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin peccare (to err). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ped- (foot) which gave us peccadillo (alluding to a stumble or fall), pedal, impeccable, podium, octopus, and impeach. Earliest documented use: 1595.
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PESCANT - fishy

PERCANT - coffee-like

PECTANT - 1. gelling; 2. chesty

PEE? CAN'T :-( - I have an enlarged prostate gland

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PRESTIGIOUS

PRONUNCIATION: (pre-STEEJ-uhs, -STIJ-)

MEANING: adjective: Honored, esteemed, or having high status.

ETYMOLOGY: From French prestige (current meaning: prestige, earlier: illusion, deceit), from Latin praestigiosis (full of tricks), from praestringere (to dazzle, to blindfold), from pre- (before) + stringere (to tie or bind). Earliest documented use: 1534.
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PYRESTIGIOUS - combustible

CRESTIGIOUS - attractive to surfers

PRESATIGIOUS - reducing the appetite

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DAPPER

PRONUNCIATION: (DAP-uhr)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Stylish in dress.
2. Small and active.

ETYMOLOGY: Probably from Middle Dutch dapper (strong or stout). Earliest documented use: 1440.
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DA PAPER - the Brooklyn Eagle

DAPIPER - whom he who calls the tune has to pay

DIAPPER - very, very sodden Pampers (twice as much P as usual)

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PETERMAN

PRONUNCIATION: (PEE-tuhr-muhn)

MEANING: noun: Safecracker.

ETYMOLOGY: From peter, slang for a safe. Earliest documented use: 1400.
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JETERMAN - famed Yankee shortstop

PET ERMIN - a domesticated otter

PEWTERMAN - a Colonial superhero who dazzled the Bad Guys so they couldn't fight

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PRUDISH

PRONUNCIATION: (PROO-dish)

MEANING: adjective: Overly concerned with propriety or decorum, especially in matters of sex.

ETYMOLOGY: From prude, from Old French prudefemme (wise or good woman), feminine of prud’homme (wise man). Earliest documented use: 1717.
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RUDISH - kinda impolite

PRU-DASH - a short race held just before the Boston Marathon, for contrast

PERU-DISH - Lima beans

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