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Nov 27, 2002
This week's theme
Kangaroo words

This week's words
indolent
rapscallion
amicable
frangible
scion

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amicable

(AM-i-kuh-buhl) Pronunciation Sound Clip

adjective: Characterized by goodwill; friendly.

[From Middle English, from Late Latin amicabilis, from Latin amicus (friend). A few other words that share the same root as today's word are: amigo, amity, and enemy (in + amicus).]

"The Government has called for an amicable solution to the misunderstandings in Buganda."
Govt Calls For Amicable Solution; New Vision (Kampala, Uganda); Jan 20, 1999.

"Graham Thorpe, after more heart-searching, has decided apparently that 2 1/2 months away from his family - specifically his young son and daughter, the subjects of a messy custody battle with his estranged wife - is too much, despite enthusiastic talk of a settlement as amicable as such things can be."
Mike Selvey; Cricket: Thorpe Faces End of the Line; The Guardian (London); Sep 25, 2002.

X-Bonus

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony. -William Henry Channing, clergyman, reformer (1810-1884)

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