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Jul 13, 2020
This week’s theme
Misc. words

This week’s words
scansorial
stridor
disquisition
sanguinary
concupiscence

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

The novelist Evelyn Waugh once said, “One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.” Here at Wordsmith.org we do our best to fertilize, water, and refresh your vocabulary.

Take this week’s five miscellaneous words, plant them in your mind’s garden, and let your vocabulary bloom.

scansorial

PRONUNCIATION:
(skan-SOHR-ee-uhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Related to climbing.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin scandere (to climb). Ultimately from the Indo-European root skand- (to leap or climb), which also gave us ascend, descend, condescend, transcend, echelon, scale, and scandent. Earliest documented use: 1804.

USAGE:
“After one heavy night’s drinking a student of one of the colleges had returned to find the gates of his college firmly closed against him. Undaunted, he proceeded to climb the towering, wrought-iron obstacle ... The ascent went well and he even paused momentarily to celebrate his achievement sitting aside the summit of the college crest with its Latin motto which encouraged such metaphorical, if not literal, scansorial achievements.”
Hadyn J Adams; The Spinner of the Years; AuthorHouse; 2013.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny. -Wole Soyinka, playwright, poet, Nobel laureate (b. 13 Jul 1934)

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