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Courtney Faber May 4, 2011

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...

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Courtney Faber April 27, 2011

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 Faber April 20, 2011

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...

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Courtney Faber April 13, 2011

  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...

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Courtney Faber April 6, 2011

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...

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Courtney Faber March 30, 2011

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...

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Courtney Faber March 23, 2011

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...

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Courtney Faber March 2, 2011

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...

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Courtney Faber February 23, 2011

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...

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Courtney Faber February 16, 2011

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....

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Courtney Faber February 9, 2011

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 Faber February 2, 2011

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...

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Courtney Faber January 26, 2011

Word of the week: algid (al’-jid) adj. chilly, cold. [from Latin algidus, from algere “to be cold.”] Fact of the week: Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, appeared in the 1981 arcade game, Donkey...

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Courtney Faber December 8, 2010

Word of the week: gat (gat) n. a natural or artificial channel or passage. [probably from Dutch, literally “hole,” akin to Old English geat “gate.”] Fact of the week: It would take 11 Empire...

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Courtney Faber December 1, 2010

Word of the week: Orthoepy: (pee’-un) n. (or’-tho-epp’-ee, or-tho’-epp-ee) n. 1: the customary pronunciation of a language. 2: the study of the pronunciation of a language. Fact of the week:...

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