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Courtney Faber

May 4, 2011

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Word of the Week: Incredulous [in•cred•u•lous] adj.  1. Skeptical; disbelieving: incredulous of stories about flying saucers.  2. Expressive of disbelief: an incredulous stare.   Fact of the week: Odontophobia is the fear of ... Read more »

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber

April 27, 2011

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meed (meed) n. a fitting return or recompense. [from Old English med.] Fact of the week: Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our Bodies.
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Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber

April 20, 2011

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putative (pyoot’-uh-tive) adj. 1: commonly accepted or supposed. 2: assumed to exist or to have existed. [From Middle English from Late Latin putativus from Latin putatus, from past participle of putare “to think.”]  ... Read more »

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Courtney Faber

April 13, 2011

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  tumid (too’-mid) adj. 1: marked by swelling, swollen, enlarged. 2: protuberant, bulging. 3: bombastic, turgid. [from Latin tumidus, from tumere “to swell.”]   Fact of the week: The word “nerd” was first coined by Dr. S... Read more »

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber

April 6, 2011

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skepsis (skep’-sis) n. philosophic doubt as to the objective reality of phenomena; (broadly) a skeptical outlook or attitude. [from Greek skepsis “examination, doubt, skeptical philosophy.”] Fact of the week: The first p... Read more »

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Courtney Faber

March 30, 2011

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Word of the Week: pule (pyool) v.i. to whine or whimper. Fact of the week: Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.” ... Read more »

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber

March 23, 2011

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Word of the week: fug (fugg) n. an odorous emanation, especially, the stuffy atmosphere of a poorly ventilated space. adj. fuggy. v.i. to loll indoors in a stuffy atmosphere. v.t. to make fuggy.   Fact of the week: There are twice as many kangaroos in Australi... Read more »

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber

March 2, 2011

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kerf (kerf) n. 1: a slit or notch made by a saw or cutting torch. 2: the width of cut made by a saw or cutting torch. [from Old English cyrf “the action of cutting,” akin to Old English ceorfan “to carve”.] Fact of the week: There are 1... Read more »

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber

February 23, 2011

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tyro (tie’-roh) n. a beginner in learning, a novice. [from Latin tiro “young soldier, tyro”.] Fact of the week: A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away. Did they seriously just say that? “In the studio, I do try to... Read more »

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber

February 16, 2011

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yestreen (yes-treen’) n. (chiefly Scottish) last evening or last night. Fact of the week: Karoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese. Did they seriously just say that? “A proof is a proof. What kind of proof? It’... Read more »

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber

February 9, 2011

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Word of the Week: weazen (wee’-zen) v.i. to shrink or shrivel, to cause to shrink. Fact of the week: There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C.
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Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber

February 2, 2011

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flannelmouthed (flan’-el-mouthd) adj. 1: speaking indistinctly. 2: speaking in a tricky or ingratiating way. Fact of the week: Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different. Did they seriously just say that? Pitching is 80% of the g... Read more »

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