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Word of the Day – July 28 – Pachyderm

Noun: Pachyderm  (PAK-ih-derm) Definition: Any of various non-ruminant mammals (such as an elephant, a rhinoceros, or a hippopotamus)  that have hooves or nails resembling hooves and usually thick skin; especially, an elephant. Example sentence: My favorite pachyderm is a fictional one in Dr. Seuss’s “Horton Hears a Who.”

Verb; Yaw  (YAW) Definition: 1 a : (of a ship) To deviate erratically from a course (as when struck by a heavy sea); especially, to move from side to side. 1 b : (of an airplane, spacecraft, or projectile) To turn by angular motion about the vertical axis. 2: Alternate. Example sentence: The captain tried […]

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Noun: Auspices  (AW-spih-sus) Definition: With the protection or support of someone or something, especially an organization. Example sentence: Financial aid is being provided under the auspices of NATO.

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Adjective: Episodic  (ep-ih-SOH-dik) Definition: Happening at irregular intervals. Example sentence: Bruce is plagued by episodic migraines.

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Noun: Hoosegow  (HOOSS-gow) Definition: Jail. Example sentence: The perpetrator was sentenced to three months in the hoosegow.

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Noun: Bunkum  (BUNG-kum) Definition: Insincere or foolish talk:  nonsense. Example sentence: I hesitated to voice my opinions, fearful that my companions would deride my views as bunkum.

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Verb: Foist (FOIST) Definition: 1. a: To  introduce or insert surreptitiously or without warrant. 1. b: To force another to accept especially by stealth or deceit. 2. To pass off as genuine or worthy. Example sentence: It is possible to talk about politics without trying to foist your beliefs upon others.

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Noun: Majuscule  (MAJ-uh-skyool) Definition: A large letter, such as a capital. Example sentence: I can always recognize my brother’s handwriting at a quick glance based on how elaborately the majuscule at the beginning of a sentence dwarfs the other letters.

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Word of the Day – July 16 – Cachinnate

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Verb: Cachinnate (KAK-uh-neyt) Definition: To laugh loudly or immoderately. Example sentence: My friend Carly will cachinnate at even the least amusing parts at the movies, which makes me want to crawl under the seats and pretend not to know her.

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Noun: Duffer  (DUFF-er) Definition: 1. a: A peddler especially of cheap flashy articles. 1. b: Something counterfeit or worthless. 2. An incompetent, ineffectual, or clumsy person; especially, a mediocre golfer. Example sentence: In the charity golf tournament, Bill was the biggest duffer, but it was for a good cause so nobody minded.

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