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Jul 11, 2017
This week’s theme
Short words

This week’s words
eke
hap
aver
lam
ana

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hap

PRONUNCIATION:
(hap)

MEANING:
noun:1. Chance; fortune.
 2. An occurrence.
verb tr.:1. To occur.
 2. To clothe, cover, or wrap.

ETYMOLOGY:
For noun and verb 1: From Old Norse happ (good luck). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kobe (to suit, fit, or succeed), which also gave us happen, happy, hapless, and mishap. Earliest documented use: 1350.
For verb 2: Of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1390.

USAGE:
“Well, my hap, against astronomic odds, was to fly to Australia on a film project.”
Herman Wouk; The Lawgiver; Simon and Schuster; 2012.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. -Ingrid Newkirk, animal rights activist (b. 11 Jul 1949)

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