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Dec 26, 2019
This week’s theme
No el

This week’s words
jactancy
oryzivorous
gaminesque
twiforked
amaxophobia

twiforked
A fork in the road! Why don’t they take it?
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twiforked or twi-forked

PRONUNCIATION:
(TWAI-forkt)

MEANING:
adjective: Divided in two; two-pronged.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English twi- (two) + forked, from forca, from Latin furca (fork, yoke). Earliest documented use: 1635.

USAGE:
“The evening before the serpent came,
Just at the first hour of the night,
She reached a flagon* of crystal bright,
Sweet Eve, Young Eve,
Snow-white, rose-red, a twi-forked flame,
The evening before the serpent came,
Kindled and burnt in the heart of Eve.”
Susan Sutton Smith (ed.); Complete Poems and Collected Letters of Adelaide Crapsey; State University of New York Press; 1977.
*A large bottle for liquor

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