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Word of the Day – Sept. 16 – Myrmidon

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Noun: Myrmidon  (MER-muh-dahn) Definition: A loyal follower, especially a subordinate who executes orders unquestioningly or unscrupulously. Example sentence: When Joan came to the television station, she was a huge contrast to the former, toothy myrmidon who resigned after rumors of unprofessional broadcasting tactics.

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Word of the Day – Sept. 15 – Flippant

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Adjective: Flippant  (FLIP-unt) Definition: Lacking proper respect or seriousness. Example sentence: The singer’s fans were not amused by his flippant remark in response to his failure to show up to a scheduled, sold out concert.

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Word of the Day – Sept. 14 – Venal

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Adjective: Venal  (VEE-nuhl) Definition: 1: Capable of being bought: open to bribery. 2: Of or related to bribery. Example sentence: The corrupt sheriff in the small town was finally removed from office when the city council learned of his venal activities with local drug dealers.

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Word of the Day – Sept. 13 – Feckless

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Adjective: Feckless  (FEK-les) Definition: Weak, ineffective, incompetent, irresponsible. Example sentence: Today college students are no lazier or more feckless than they were in the past, and the vast majority still find employment suitable to their studies after graduation.

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Word of the Day – Sept. 12 – Corybantic

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Adjective: Corybantic  (kawr-uh-BAN-tik) Definition: Frenzied, agitated, unrestrained. Example sentence: From outside the jurors could hear a shouting that grew louder and louder as the corybantic protesters neared the courthouse.

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Word of the Day – Sept. 9 – Parsimony

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Noun: Parsimony  (PAR-si-mo-nee) Definition: Excessive frugality; stinginess. Example sentence: My grandmother never quite got away from the parsimony she learned during the Great Depression, saving everything including scraps of used tin foil and bread bags.

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Word of the Day – Sept. 8 – Quodlibet

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Noun: Quodlibet  (KWAHD-luh-bit) Definition: 1: A philosophical or theological point proposed for disputation: also,  a disputation on such a point. 2: A whimsical combination of familiar melodies or texts. Example sentence: My favorite quodlibit in Monty Python’s “Spamalot” is his homage to the 1940’s humor of Spike Jones.

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Word of the Day – Sept. 7 – Mendacious

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Adjective: Mendacious  (men-DAY-shuhs) Definition: Telling lies, especially as a habit. Example sentence: Fishermen tend to be slightly more mendacious than the average person, but not as flagrantly so as politicians.

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Word of the Day – Sept. 6 – Gaposis

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Noun: Gaposis  (gap-OH-sis) Definition: A noticeable gap or series of gaps, as between fastened buttons or snaps on an overly tight garment. Example sentence: I knew it was time for me to go on a diet when I put on my favorite blouse and it had a major case of gaposis.

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Word of the Day – Sept. 5 – Guttural

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Adjective: Guttural  (GUTT-uh-rul) Definition: 1: Articulated in the throat. 2: Velar. 3. Being or marked by utterance that is strange, unpleasant, or disagreeable. Example sentence: The only response we could get from him was an inarticulate guttural grunt.

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