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Mar 30, 2011
This week's theme
Words for body parts used figuratively

This week's words
accolade
elbow grease
pugnacious
dauphin
bumf

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with Anu Garg

pugnacious

PRONUNCIATION:
(puhg-NAY-shuhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Having a quarrelsome nature; belligerent.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin pugnare (to fight), from pugnus (fist). Ultimately from the Indo-European root peuk- (to prick) which is also the source of point, puncture, pungent, punctual, poignant, pounce, poniard, and impugn. Earliest documented use: 1642.

USAGE:
"Whitacre has earned a reputation for being pugnacious, stubborn, and willing to fight to the end."
James S. Granelli; AT&T Chief Stays Focused; Los Angeles Times; Mar 7, 2006.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (1807-1882)

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