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Sep 23, 2008
This week's theme
Words from geology and geography.

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monadnock

PRONUNCIATION:
(muh-NAD-nok)

MEANING:
noun: An isolated hill or mountain that, having resisted erosion, rises above a plain.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Mount Monadnock, a peak in New Hampshire, whose name in Algonquian means isolated mountain. Also see peneplain.

USAGE:
"Almost every Concord street has one: a household that leaves a monadnock of trash bags beside the road each week."
Pay-to-throw is Right Way For Concord to Go; Concord Monitor (New Hampshire); Feb 1, 2007.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I don't trust a man who uses the word evil eighteen times in ten minutes. If you're half evil, nothing soothes you more than to think the person you are opposed to is totally evil. -Norman Mailer, author (1923-2007)

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