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Aug 8, 2017
This week’s theme
Words related to medicine

This week’s words
antitussive
aperient
emetic
diuretic
analgesic

Tarrant's Seltzer Aperient
Tarrant’s Seltzer Aperient
“I never have a headache after a ball because I take Tarrant’s Seltzer Aperient.”

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aperient

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-PIR-ee-uhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Having a laxative effect: stimulating evacuation of the bowels.
noun: Something that relieves constipation.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin aperire (to open). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wer- (to cover), which also gave us overt, cover, warranty, warren, garage, garret, garment, garrison, garnish, guarantee, and pert. Earliest documented use: 1626.

USAGE:
“Who is this wretched fellow Currie? What gives him the authority to criticise our world-standard cartoonist? I will pin his letter on my bathroom wall where its words will act as a cheap aperient, when required, and thus help preserve my boyish good looks.”
Daily Political Satire One of Cartoonist’s Most Demanding Roles; The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia); Apr 14, 1995.

See more usage examples of aperient in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
No one worth possessing / Can be quite possessed. -Sara Teasdale, poet (8 Aug 1884-1933)

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