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Jan 11, 2019
This week’s theme
Portmanteaux (blend words)

This week’s words
rurban
squiggle
palimony
guesstimate
contraption

contraption
“Utopian flying machines of the previous century”
Image: Romanet & cie., c. 1890

Next week’s theme
Adjectives
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with Anu Garg

contraption

PRONUNCIATION:
(kuhn-TRAP-shuhn)

MEANING:
noun: A device that appears to be strange, makeshift, or complicated.

ETYMOLOGY:
Perhaps a blend of contrive + trap + invention. Earliest documented use: 1825.

USAGE:
“Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s just a police officer on a hoverbike. Dubai’s cops are training on the hi-tech contraptions.”
Cops Putting Crims in Spot of Hover; The Daily Telegraph (Surry Hills, Australia); Nov 10, 2018.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We worry more about the purity of dogma than about the integrity of love. -Abraham Joshua Heschel, rabbi and professor (11 Jan 1907-1972)

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