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Oct 2, 2020
This week’s theme
Words originating in rivers

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Pactolian
Jedburgh justice
derwenter
palouser
scamander

Water, or the Fight of Achilles against Scamander and Simoeis
Water, or the Fight of Achilles against Scamander and Simoeis
Art: Auguste Couder, 1819

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scamander

PRONUNCIATION:
(skuh-MAN-duhr)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To take a winding course.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Scamander (modern name: Karamenderes), a river in Turkey. The river was named after a river god in Greek mythology. Earliest documented use: 1864. Also see meander.

USAGE:
“She was scamandering about, touching articles with her fingers.”
Jamie O’Neill; At Swim, Two Boys; Scribner; 2002.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always. -Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 Oct 1869-1948)

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