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This week's theme: coined words.
prehensile (pri-HEN-sil, -syl) adjective
1. Capable of seizing or grasping, especially by wrapping around.
2. Skilled at keen perception or mental grasp of an idea or concept.
[From French prehensile, coined by French naturalist Georges Louis Leclerc De Buffon, from Latin prehensus.]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"The drugstore toothbrush rack has become a circus of ergonomic grips, flexing heads, and prehensile gum-probes -- an entire retail sector transformed by design." Philip Nobel; Can Design in America Avoid the Style Trap?; The New York Times; Nov 26, 2000.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox, poet (1850-1919)