I love when mature Greeks “fight” over people we’d like to see in our orgs. This one dude said “Sigma is the TRUTH!” and I said “Sigma might be the truth, but ALPHA is the FACTS!”

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WOTD: Sententious

Phonetic Spelling: sen-TEN-shuhs
Part(s) of Speech: adjective

Meaning(s):

  1. Abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims: a sententious book.
  2. Given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
  3. Given to or using pithy sayings or maxims: a sententious poet.
  4. Of the nature of a maxim; pithy.

Example:

It was inconceivable that she was using the boring, sententious, contentious Shepherd for anything but a hollow…

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WOTD: Privity

Phonetic Spelling: PRIV-i-tee
Part(s) of Speech: noun

Meaning(s):

  1. Participation in the knowledge of something private or secret, especially as implying concurrence or consent.
  2. Private or secret knowledge.
  3. Law. The relation between privies.
  4. Obsolete. Privacy.

Example:
Kazbitch — at least I imagine so — thought that Azamat had robbed him of his horse, with his father’s privity and consent.
– Mikhail…

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WOTD: Utile

Phonetic Spelling: YOO-til
Part(s) of Speech: adjective

Meaning(s): Useful

Example:
They have been accredited variously to the respective signs of the Zodiac, but to the end that resultant opinions have failed to be utile value. – John Hazelrigg, Astrosophic Principles And Astrosophic Tractates

It was located in an industrial warehouse but he had tricked it out smartly. It was altogether utile but…

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WOTD: Palter

Phonetic Spelling: PAWL-ter
Part(s) of Speech: verb

Meaning(s):

  1. To talk or act insincerely or deceitfully; lie or use trickery.
  2. To bargain with; haggle.
  3. To act carelessly; trifle.

Example:

Since murder was that man’s intention, why should he palter with small details?
– Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad

Bathsheba would probably have terminated the conversation there and then by flatly forbidding the…

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WOTD: Austral

Phonetic Spelling: AW-struhl
Part(s) of Speech: adjective

Meaning(s):

  1. Southern.
  2. (Initial capital letter) Australian.

Example:

That, at least, was not difficult to do; as they filtered through branches and thick treetops, the rays of the austral sun covered bodies and houses and all the objects of the inhabited area with undulating patterns of light and shadow that blended spectral into random…

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WOTD: Fiducial

Phonetic Spelling: fi-DOO-shuhl
Part(s) of Speech: adjective

Meaning(s):

  1. Based on or having trust: fiducial dependence upon God.
  2. Accepted as a fixed basis of reference or comparison: a fiducial

point; a fiducial temperature.

Example:

Knowing the sincerity of her concern for my well-being as I did, I can say with fiducial confidence she was attached to the phone, where she’d no doubt made a beeline…

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WOTD: catholicon

Phonetic Spelling: kuh-THOL-i-kuhn
Part(s) of Speech: noun

Meaning(s): A universal remedy; panacea.

Example:
And then they sweep out again, leaving the fevered peasants their catholicon of faith, while, overhead, vultures ebonize the sky.    – Thomas H. Cook, The Orchids

At any rate, this same humor has something, there is no telling what, of beneficence in it, it is
such a catholiconand…

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WOTD: thetic

Phonetic Spelling: THET-ik
Part(s) of Speech: adjective

Meaning(s): Positive; dogmatic.

Example:
Thetic constructions, on the other hand, are not subject to this sort of contextual requirements.     – Andreas Dufter and Daniel Jacob, Focus and Background in Romance Languages

His genius was not thetic, but synthetic, not creative but constructive.     – Andrew Martin Fairbairn, “The Primitive…

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WOTD: hamartia

Phonetic Spelling: hah-mahr-TEE-uh

Part(s) of Speech: noun

Meaning(s): Tragic flaw.

Example:
What is Oedipus’ hamartia that leads to his self-fulfilling self-reversal? – Laszlo Versényi, Man’s Measure

We called it by many different things, such as hubris or hamartia, but given the way you butcher Latin, let’s stick with English. – Stephanie Draven, The Fever and the Fury

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Hamartiastems from…

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WOTD: agita

Phonetic Spelling: AJ-i-tuh
Part(s) of Speech: noun

Meaning(s):

  1. Agitation; anxiety.
  2. Heartburn; indigestion.

Example:
And my being named after the patron saint of love, St. Valentine, when I’ve had nothing but agita in romance just makes it more painfully ironic.
– Rosanna Chiofalo, Bellla Fortuna

I’m eighty-two years old and I don’t need this agita in my life!
– Rita Lakin, Getting Old Is Murder

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WOTD: anacoluthon

Phonetic Spelling: an-uh-kuh-LOO-thon
Part(s) of Speech: noun

Meaning(s):

  1. A construction involving a break in grammatical sequence, as It makes me so—I just get angry.
  2. An instance of anacoluthia

Example:
She employed, not from any refinement of style, but in order to correct her imprudences, abrupt breaches of syntax not unlike that figure which the grammarians call anacoluthon or some such name.
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WOTD: hirtellous

Phonetic Spelling: hur-TEL-uhs
Part(s) of Speech: verb

Meaning(s): Minutely hirsute.

Example:
Any noticeable hirsute or even hirtellous shadings visible upon the represented, unclothed, female form, anywhere below the eyebrows, say, is, in the judgment of this Department…
– Frank Yerby, Tobias and the Angel

A small annual herb commonly 20 to 40 cm. tall, sparingly branched above, hirtellous on the …

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WOTD: tardigrade

Phonetic Spelling: TAHR-di-greyd
Part(s) of Speech: adjective; noun

Meaning(s):

  1. (adj.) Slow in pace or movement.
  2. (adj.)Belonging or pertaining to the phylum Tardigrada.
  3. (n.)Also called bear animalcule, water bear. Any microscopic, chiefly herbivorous invertebrate of the phylum Tardigrada, living in water, on mosses, lichens, etc.

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The days were long and boring as we walked a continuous…

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WOTD: apophasis

Phonetic Spelling: uh-POF-uh-sis
Part(s) of Speech: noun

Meaning(s):

  1. Denial of one’s intention to speak of a subject that is at the same time named or insinuated, as “I shall not mention Caesar’s avarice, nor his cunning, nor his morality.”

Example:
But I think that anything that is deep isn’t love, it’s deliberate calculation or schizophrenia. I myself wouldn’t even attempt to say what love is –…

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