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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Sluggish or inactive.
3. Dormant as when hibernating.
From Latin torpidus (numb), from torpere (to be stiff or numb). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ster- (stiff), which also gave us starch, stare, stork, starve, cholesterol, and torpedo. Earliest documented use: 1613.
“Gary is a torpid man who works as a translator for the CIA in the Washington area. He’s neither shaken nor stirred.”
Ron Charles; Life of a Spy Doomed to Rot in Place; The Washington Post; Nov 19, 2014.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:There's really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard. -Arundhati Roy, author (b. 24 Nov 1961)