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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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Word of the Day – Feb. 24 – Shadchan

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Noun: Shadchan  (SHAHT-khuhn) Definition: A matchmaker or marriage broker. Example sentence: In many cultures, a shadchan is used by the family to find a suitable mates for their daughters.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 23 – Sesquipedalian

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Adjective: Sesquipedalian  (ses-kwi-pi-DAYL-yuhn) Definition: 1: Polysyllabic. 2: Relating to or using long words. 3: Long-winded. Example sentence: The guest speaker at our church on Sunday had a good sermon, even if he was a little sesquipedalian.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 22 – Skylark

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Verb: Skylark  (SKY-lark) Definition: To frolic or to engage in horseplay. Example sentence: Just before spring recess, the teacher noticed the students beginning to skylark more and work less.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 21 – Bork

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Verb: Bork  (BORK) Definition: To systematically attack a nominee or candidate for public office. Example sentence: Even after many attempts to bork the democratic candidate running for the office of sheriff, he was elected by a landslide.  

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Word of the Day – Feb. 20 – Domiciliation

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Noun: D0miciliation  (dom-uh-sil-ee-AY-shun) Definition: The act of taming or rendering domestic; the state of being tamed or domesticated: as, the domiciliation of wild fowls. Example sentence: After a year of domiciliation, I sold the pony to a young man from the neighboring county.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 17 – Condign

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Adjective: Condign  (kuhn-DYN) Definition: Well-deserved, appropriate. Example sentence: Sarah was given a paw print pendant by her peers as a condign award for her efforts to raise funds for the local animal shelter.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 16 – Futz

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Verb: Futz  (FUHTS) Definition: 1: To waste time or to idle. 2: To meddle or fiddle with something. Example sentence: My Aunt Bertha just couldn’t help but futz in everybody’s business.

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