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Dec 21, 2021
This week’s theme
No el

This week’s words
skewgee
banjax
surquedry
zoophobia
mundificative

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banjax

PRONUNCIATION:
(BAN-jaks)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To destroy, damage, defeat, injure, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
Irish slang, of unknown origin. Earliest documented use: 1924.

USAGE:
“All these years I’ve never had an accident, and now this. I’m a bit banjaxed. Once you do anything to your hip, you’re finished.”
Cathy Kelly; It Started With Paris; Orion; 2014.

“However, that elation was quickly tempered by suspicions that it would not take much to banjax the deal.”
Art of Phase One Trade Deal Is Making Sure it Works; Beijing Review (China); Jan 16, 2020.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or prostitute. -Rebecca West, author and journalist (21 Dec 1892-1983)

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