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Oct 24, 2014
This week's theme
Words formed by metathesis (a transposition of sounds)

This week's words
mullion
sprattle
brummagem
pernancy
girn

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Rhetorical devices
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with Anu Garg

girn

PRONUNCIATION:
(gurn)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To snarl, grimace, or complain.
noun: A grimace or snarl.

ETYMOLOGY:
By transposition of the word grin, from Old English grennian (to show teeth). Earliest documented use: 1440.

USAGE:
"At seventy-five or eighty I will be like a child myself, frail and cantankerous, a girning, burdensome old devil."
Jessica Stirling; The Wind from the Hills; St Martin's Press; 1999.

See more usage examples of girn in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. -William Shakespeare, playwright and poet (1564-1616)

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