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A.Word.A.Day--pervious

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This week's theme: words better known in their negative forms.

pervious (PUR-vee-uhs) adjective

1. Permeable; open to passage or penetration.

2. Open to suggestions, arguments, reason, change, etc.

[From Latin pervius, from per- (through) + via (way). Ultimately from Indo-European root wegh (to go, to transport) that is also the source of way, away, wagon, vogue, wiggle, vehicle, voyage, convey, weight, previous, trivial, and vex.]

See more usage examples of pervious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"There is some sense in this: architecture is more pervious to consensual norms than any other area of human endeavour -- which is why it is much easier to date a building than a page of prose." Jonathan Meades; From Po-Mo to So-so; New Statesman; Dec 20, 1996.

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If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it. -Earl Wilson, columnist (1907-1987)

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