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Aug 5, 2015
This week’s theme
Unusual verbs for everyday actions

This week’s words
micturate
osculate
regurgitate

Adélie Penguin regurgitates krill for its chick
Adélie Penguin regurgitates krill for its chick
Photo: Liam Quinn

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regurgitate

PRONUNCIATION:
(ri-GUHR-ji-tayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To bring up undigested food through the mouth.
2. To repeat something without understanding it.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin regurgitare (to overflow or flow back), from re- (again) + gurgitare (to flood), from gurges (whirlpool). Earliest documented use: 1578.

USAGE:
“Ms Kendall appears to have swallowed this argument whole and regurgitated it in ill-digested chunks.”
Silence of the Lambs; The Times (London, UK); Jul 27, 2015.

See more usage examples of regurgitate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck. -Guy de Maupassant, short story writer and novelist (5 Aug 1850-1893)

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