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immix (i-MIKS) verb tr.
To mix; to blend.
[Back-formation of Middle English immixt, from Latin immixtus, past participle of immiscere (to blend), from in- (intensive prefix) + miscere (to mix). Ultimately from the Indo-European root meik- (to mix) that's also the source of mix, miscellaneous, meddle, medley, melee, promiscuous, and mustang.]
What's common among the five words this week (livid, vim, vivid, dilli, and immix)? If you know the answer, send it to (words AT wordsmith.org). Only one entry per person please. Someone randomly selected from among the correct answers will receive an autographed copy of my book Another Word A Day. We'll reveal the answer and the winner's name this weekend.
-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)
"Settle in with the two-disc best of the 2004 festival, which immixed Japanese ska, Tex-pop and angry Ani DiFranco folk." Erie Times-News (Pennsylvania); Jun 9, 2005.
The living are soft and yielding; the dead are rigid and stiff. Living plants are flexible and tender; the dead are brittle and dry. -Lao Tzu, philosopher (6th century BCE)