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Oct 8, 2013
This week's theme
Insults

This week's words
furfuraceous
pediculous
xanthodontous
pilgarlic
fustilugs

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pediculous

PRONUNCIATION:
(pe-DIK-yuh-luhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Infested with lice: lousy; contemptible.

ETYMOLOGY:
From pedis (louse). Earliest documented use: 1540.

USAGE:
"We prisoners called ourselves the Jerseys, not out of respect for this vile, pediculous hulk, but because it was our commonality, the glue that held us in its glorious stink."
Jerome Charyn; Johnny One-Eye; Norton; 2008.

"Harris called one of the pair a 'slimy, contemptible oaf ... ignorant pediculous loafer ... untalented, worthless, parasitical bloodsucker."
Jim Seavor; Our Town Controversial? Providence Journal (Rhode Island); Oct 5, 1985.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. -Crowfoot, Native American warrior and orator (1821-1890)

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