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A.Word.A.Day--aperient

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aperient (uh-PIR-ee-uhnt) adjective

Gently stimulating evacuation of the bowels; laxative.

noun

A mild laxative.

[Latin aperiens, aperient-, present participle of aperire, to open.]

"Who is this wretched fellow Currie? What gives him the authority to criticise our world-standard cartoonist? I will pin his letter on my bathroom wall where its words will act as a cheap aperient, when required, and thus help preserve my boyish good looks." Daily political satire one of cartoonist's most demanding roles, The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia), Apr 14, 1995.

This week's theme: words from medicine.

X-Bonus

If you want something really important to be done you must not merely satisfy the reason, you must move the heart also. -Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)


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