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Mar 8, 2018
This week’s theme
Five words that use all letters of the alphabet

This week’s words
expergefaction
vaquero
azymous
whipjack
vendible

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with Anu Garg

whipjack

PRONUNCIATION:
(HWIP-jak)

MEANING:
noun: A beggar who pretends to be an out-of-luck sailor.

ETYMOLOGY:
Apparently from whip (to flog) + jack (man, worker). Earliest documented use: 1556.

USAGE:
“‘I thought you were in the stocks as a whipjack, Bruce’ said my master, hunting through his mantle for a coin.”
Michael Cadnum; Ship of Fire; Viking; 2003.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves. -Gene Fowler, journalist and author (8 Mar 1890-1960)

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