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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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Noun: Flumadiddle  (fluhm-uh-DID-ul) Definition: 1. Utter nonsense. 2. Worthless frills. Example sentence: After months of political speeches, promises,  and mud-slingning, the public will tire of all the flumadiddle.

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Adjective: Estival  (ESS-tuh-vul) Definition: Of or relating to the summer. Example sentence: The children were reveling in their weeks of summer vacation, filling their school-free estival afternoons with swimming and playing.

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Noun: Garderobe  (GAR-drohb) Definition: 1. A wardrobe or its contents. 2. A private room: bedroom. 3. Privy, toilet. Sample sentence: On our tour of the castle, the guide made sure to point out the garderobe.

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Noun: Sobriquet  (SOH-bruh-kee) Definition: A nickname. Sample sentence: When I was a child, my dad gave me the sobriquet of Little Miss Muffet.

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Noun: Telegnosis  (tel-uh-NOH-sis) Definition: Supernatural or occult knowledge; claivoyance. Sample sentence: There are many in New Orleans who claim telegnois and offer their services to those seeking to connect with long dead loved ones.

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Noun: Accoutrements  (ah-KOO-truh-mentz) Definition: Additional items of dress or equipment, carried or worn by a person or used for a particular activity. Sample sentence: The General dressed for battle in shining accoutrements.

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