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    Encomium en-'ko-me-um(long o, long e): glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise

    May Under the Dome generate much encomium.

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    grig


    PRONUNCIATION:
    (grig)

    MEANING:
    noun:
    1. A cricket or grasshopper.
    2. A small or young eel.
    3. A lively or lighthearted person.


    ETYMOLOGY:
    The word is often used in the phrase "merry as a grig". The word is of uncertain origin, though various theories have been suggested, such as a corruption of "merry as a cricket" or "merry as a Greek", as in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida: "Then she's a merry Greek indeed."


    USAGE:
    "When all is reversed and we shall be like the insane, to whom the antics of the sane seem the crazy twistings of a grig."
    E.B. White; Removal; 1938.

    I LOVE WORDS!!!!

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    inveterate, \in-VET-uh-rut\ (adjective): firmly established by long persistence; confirmed in a habit : habitual;

    Since Ernie is an inveterate liar, we naturally didn’t believe him when he told us he’d met Stephen King!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perse Jr. View Post
    inveterate, \in-VET-uh-rut\ (adjective): firmly established by long persistence; confirmed in a habit : habitual;

    Since Ernie is an inveterate liar, we naturally didn’t believe him when he told us he’d met Stephen King!
    Hi,

    Does that mean that the Creationist lobby regard Charles Darwin as an invertebrate liar? LOL

    Long days and pleasant nights

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDalglish View Post
    Hi,

    Does that mean that the Creationist lobby regard Charles Darwin as an invertebrate liar? LOL

    Long days and pleasant nights
    LOL! You crack me up John!

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    flout /verb
    *1 : to treat with contemptuous disregard : scorn2 : to indulge in scornful behaviorExample Sentence:

    Shawn gets annoyed by pedestrians who flout traffic laws by crossing the street outside of the crosswalk.

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    effulgence \i-FUL-juhn(t)s\, noun:

    The state of being bright and radiant; splendor; brilliance.

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    kibitzer: \KIB-it-ser\ (noun): one who looks on and often offers unwanted advice or comment; one who offers opinions.

    Sybil warned Jack not to take any advice from Carl, a notorious kibitzer whose suggestions often did more harm than good.

    (Source: M-W Online).

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    Katzenjammer \'kat-sen-'ja-mer\ n (German from Katze cat + Jammer distress) 1: Hangover 2: Distress 3: a discordant clamor

    The noise in the hall worsened Wilhelm's katzenjammer.

    So that's where the Katzenjammer Kids got their name!

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    Here are a few oddities I came across and loved!

    kerfuffle: disorder, commotion.
    jobbernowl: a stupid fellow; a blockhead
    ishkabibble: a dismissive statement

    In a sentance...

    Oh, ishkabibble...he's such a jobbernowl, he's caused quite a kerfuffle!

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