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Jun 11, 2013
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

This week's words
canorous
prosaic
expansive
animadversion
sempiternal

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prosaic

PRONUNCIATION:
(pro-ZAY-ik)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Dull; unimaginative.
2. Everyday; straightforward; ordinary.
3. Having the character of prose as compared to the feeling of poetry.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin prosa (prose), from prosa oratio (straightforward speech), from provertere (to turn forward). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wer- (to turn or bend), also the source of wring, weird, writhe, revert, universe, wroth, verso , conversazione, versicolor, and animadvert. Earliest documented use: 1589.

USAGE:
"On a throne ornate to the point of gaudiness, the queen reads out the legislative agenda of 'her' government, written on goatskin vellum. The content of that speech is usually more prosaic."
Britain: The Vision Thing; The Economist (London, UK); Nov 10, 2007.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Some stories are true that never happened. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

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