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Word of the Day – Mar. 10 – Hydra

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Noun: Hydra (HAHY-druh) Definition: A persistent or many-sided problem that presents new obstacles as soon as one aspect is solved. Example sentence: Trying to solve the hydra of the homeless population has proven very difficult, especially when one factors in mental illness and drug addiction.  

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Word of the Day – Mar. 9 – Shrive

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Verb: Shrive  (SHRAHYV) Definition: To grant absolution, as to a penitent. Definition: Every Saturday morning, we would go to the confessional and hope Father Brown would shrive us quickly so we could get on with the rest of our weekend.

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Word of the Day – Mar. 8 – Pinchgut

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Noun: Pinchgut  (PINCH-guht) Definition: A miserly person. Example sentence: One of my favorite books is “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, with the pinchgut main character, Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Word of the Day – Mar. 7 – Offing

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Noun: Offing  (AWF-ing) Definition: Near future. Example sentence: Although a wedding is in the offing, Cheryl and Fred have yet to set a date.

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Word of the Day – Mar. 6 – Jury-rig

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Verb: Jury-rig   (JOOR-ee rig) Definition: To assemble or fix temporarily using whatever is at hand. Example sentence: When the muffler on his car came loose on the highway, Bob managed to jury-rig it with a coat hanger to keep it from falling off before he could get it to a garage.  

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Word of the Day – Mar. 3 – Antiphlogistic

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Adjective: Antiphlogistic  (an-ty-floh-JIST-ik) Definition: Reducing inflammation or fever; anti-inflammatory. Example sentence: At the pharmaceutical convention, the drug company presented a new antiphlogistic that supposedly had fewer side effects than other drugs available.

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Word of the Day – Mar. 2 – Extremophile

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Noun: Extremophile  (ik-STREE-muh-fyle) Definition: An organism that lives under extreme environmental conditions, as in a hot spring or ice cap. Example sentence: Research on an extremophile, such as a beetle with anti-freeze blood, has given  scientists confidence that life can exist anywhere where the appropriate building blocks, including a liquid medium and a source of […]

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Word of the Day – Mar. 1 – Calliopean

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Adjective: Calliopean  (kuh-lahy-uh-PEE-uhn) Definition: Piercingly loud; resembling a calliope in sound. Example sentence: Presently we heard the engines give a calliopean wheeze, and the boat started to move.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 28 – Pedagogy

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Noun: Pedagogy  (PED-uh-goh-jee) Definition: 1: The function or work of a teacher; teaching. 2: The science or art of teaching; education, instructional methods. Example: My piano teacher used the pedagogy of Edna Mae Burnam’s “A Dozen a Day” exercises to teach fingering technique.  

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Word of the Day – Feb. 27 – Oscitant

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Adjective: Oscitant  (OS-ih-tuhnt) Definition: 1: Drowsy or inattentive. 2: Yawning, as with drowiness; gaping. 3: Dull, lazy, or negligent. Example sentence: Most of the homeroom teachers reported oscitant students on Monday morning.

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