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A.Word.A.Day--rasorial

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This week's theme: miscellaneous words.

rasorial (ruh-SOR-ee-uhl) adjective

Given to scratching the ground to look for food.

[From Latin radere (to scrape), ultimately from the Indo-European root red- (to scrape or scratch) that's also the source of raze, razor, erase, corrode, rascal, rat, and rodent.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"By the time the estate's settled -- it'll be a while -- I hope to be long gone. Otherwise I'll be a rich jailbird. But even if I hung around I wouldn't see much of it. With two rasorial ex-wives -- the Skanks from Hell are both well practiced at deficit financing -- and a third who spends like the Hilton sisters, and three kids with college funds, what do you think?" F. Paul Wilson; Infernal: A Repairman Jack novel; Forge Books; 2005.

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No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does. -La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

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