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Nov 24, 2022
This week’s theme
Which came first, noun or verb?

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truffle
scunner
tomcat
whinge
nitch

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whinge

PRONUNCIATION:
(whinj)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To whine or to complain.
noun: A whine or complaint.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English hwinsian (to whine). Earliest documented use: verb 1150, noun 1530.

USAGE:
“Wrinkles, work, our weight, and the weather -- we all whinge and moan about them.”
An Intensely Personal Story; Maclean’s (Toronto, Canada); Jun 10, 2002.

“Occasional whinges are okay, but constant griping is not.”
Carolyn Hax; Everyone Can Benefit When You Help Bad Gift Givers; The Washington Post; Dec 29, 2015.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. -Arundhati Roy, writer and activist (b. 24 Nov 1961)

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