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Word of the Day – Jan. 19 – Swami

Noun: Swami  (SWAM-ee) Definition: 1: A religious teacher, mystic, or yogi. 2: A learned man: pundit. Example sentence: Sam decided to buy a car with a standard transmission because some swami in the automotive industry convinced him it was the right thing to do.

Word of the Day – Jan. 18 – Avatar

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Noun: Avatar  (AV-uh-tahr) Definition: 1: An embodiment of a concept. 2: A representation of a person or thing in computers, networks, etc. Example sentence: The president is our national avatar; he is a stand-in for what we believe we are, or want to be.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 17 – Crapulous

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Adjective: Crapulous  (KRAP-yuh-lus) Definition: Sick from excessive drinking or eating. Example sentence: He was feeling crapulous after a night of partying and wasn’t thinking of anything much when he went stumbling in late for work.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 16 – Pricket

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Noun: Pricket  (PRIK-it) Definition: 1: A sharp point or spike for holding a candle. 2: A male deer in its second year, before the antlers have branched. Example sentence: The old candlestick I found in the antique store was beautiful, even though it was no longer usable since the pricket was broken.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 13 – Crepitate

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Verb: Crepitate  (KREP-ih-tayt) Definition: To make a crackling sound: crackle. Example sentence: When I get up in the morning, my joints crepitate for the first few minutes when I walk around.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 12 – Karma

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Noun: Karma  (KAHR-ma) Definition: 1:  A person’s action (bad or good) that determines his or her destiny, in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. 2:  Destiny; fate. 3. An aura or atmosphere generated by someone or something. Example sentence: I firmly believe that those who do evil in their lives will be faced with karma in the […]

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Word of the Day – Jan. 11 – Thaumaturgy

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Noun: Thaumaturgy  (THAW-muh-ter-jee) Definition: The performance of miracles: specifically, magic. Example sentence: David Copperfield’s shows are usually sold out because so many people are intrigued by his expertise in thaumaturgy.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 10 – Maelstrom

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Noun: Maelstrom  (MAIL-strum) Definition: 1: A powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius. 2: Something resembling a maelstrom in turbulence. Example sentence: The mayor has been swept up in the media maelstrom surrounding the laundering of thousands of dollars in state funds by city officials.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 9 – Senectitude

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Noun: Senectitude  (sih-NEK-tih-tood) Definition: The last stage of life: old age. Example sentence: John is enjoying his senectitude and playing as much golf as he can.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 6 – Oligopsony

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Noun: Oligopsony  (ah-luh-GAHP-suh-nee) Definition: A market situation in which each of a few buyers exerts a disproportionate influence on the market. Example sentence: The small number of supermarkets in the region has created an oligopsony in which the stores can dictate the price they pay to farmers for meat and fresh produce.

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