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word of the day :: quackery

quackery [kwak–uh-ree] -noun, plural er·ies 1. the practice or methods of a quack. 2. an instance of this. Origin 1700-10; quack2  + -ery “But what is quackery? It is commonly an attempt to cure the diseases of a man by addressing his body … Continue reading

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from Henry

“How vain it is to sit down to write if you have not stood up to live.” ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

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word of the day :: penurious

penurious [puh–noor-ee-uhs, –nyoor-] -adjective (used with object) 1. extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly. 2. extremely poor; destitute; indigent. 3. poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources. Origin 1590-1600; < ML pēnūriōsus. See penury, -ous “To all true wants Time’s ear is deaf, penurious states lend no … Continue reading

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word of the day :: felicitous

felicitous: [fi-lis-i-tuh s] –adjective 1.  well-suited for the occasion, as an action, manner, or expression; apt; appropriate: The chairman’s felicitous anecdotes set everyone at ease. 2. having a special ability for suitable manner or expression, as a person.    Origin: 1725-35;  felicit(y)  + -ous … Continue reading

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