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Jun 25, 2013
This week's theme
Word coined from animals

This week's words
fishwife
skunky
gossamer
birdlime
chameleonic

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skunky

PRONUNCIATION:
(SKUNG-kee)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Mean or contemptible.
2. Having an unpleasant odor.
3. Of or relating to a skunk.

ETYMOLOGY:
From skunk, an animal that ejects a foul-smelling liquid when frightened. Derived from an Algonquian language. Earliest documented use: 1897.

USAGE:
"I had a couple of skunky-sounding audience tapes, tinkling out distant brown scurf from Nassau Coliseum."
Ben Ratliff; Bring Out Your Dead; The New York Times; Apr 10, 2009.

"The battle over campaign disclosure in Idaho's education-reform campaign is the latest skunky fruit of Citizens United."
Shawn Vestal; Ills of Citizens United Visible in Idaho Election; Spokesman Review (Spokane, Washington); Oct 26, 2012.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist and author (1926-2004)

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