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May 5, 2016
This week’s theme
Words that appear misspelled

This week’s words
gapeseed
windrow
unwonted
angor
refect

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with Anu Garg

angor

PRONUNCIATION:
(ANG-guhr)

MEANING:
noun: Extreme anguish or mental distress.

ETYMOLOGY:
If you’ve ever been so angry, or so anguished, that you felt choked you’ve personally experienced the origin of this term. It comes from Latin angor (strangling, suffocation, mental distress), from angere (to squeeze). Ultimately from the Indo-European root angh- (tight, suffocating, painful), which also gave us anger, anguish, anxious, angst, angina, and hangnail. Earliest documented use: 1440.

USAGE:
“But each word helps to create the tone of the story, set the mood, build the atmosphere, and illustrate the characters’ sense of angor.”
Anu Garg; Confessions of a Word Addict; Writer Magazine (Waukesha, Wisconsin); Dec 2003.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. -Christopher Morley, journalist, novelist, essayist, and poet (5 May 1890-1957)

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