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In the next five days we'll offer you five words. How were they selected? What do they have in common? Instead of telling you in advance, as we usually do, this week we challenge you to figure it out.
If you think you know the selection criterion, email your answer to (words AT wordsmith.org). Only one answer per person please. From among the correct answers, one person will be selected at random to win an autographed copy of my book Another Word A Day. We'll reveal the answer and the winner's name at the weekend.
livid (LIV-id) adjective
1. Extremely angry.
2. Reddish, grayish, bluish, or pallid.
[From Latin lividus, from livere (to be bluish).]
"Andrew Price, coach of Boys' Town, was livid last night after learning
that his team's home ground was banned for two games."
I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations. -Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)