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May 19, 2017
This week’s theme
Words that aren’t what they appear to be

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sadiron
adoral
lust-house
bodkin
atrophy

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atrophy

PRONUNCIATION:
(A-truh-fee)

MEANING:
noun: A wasting away or decline, due to disease, injury, lack of use, etc.
verb tr., intr.: To wither or cause to waste away.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French atrophie, from Latin atrophia, from Greek atrophia, from a- (without) + trophe (food). Earliest documented use: 1620.

USAGE:
“Here, I’ve been more or less a couch potato -- and my body is telling me to get moving before everything atrophies.”
Irene Hannon; Hope Harbor; Revell; 2015.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. -Lorraine Hansberry, playwright and painter (19 May 1930-1965)

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