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Mar 17, 2015
This week’s theme
Words with all the vowels

This week’s words
abstentious
arterious
placentious
aerious
duoliteral
cartoon: Irritable vowel syndrome
Irritable vowel syndrome
Cartoon: Chad

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arterious

PRONUNCIATION:
(ahr-TIR-ee-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to the arteries or a main road or channel.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin arteria, from Greek arteria (windpipe, artery). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wer- (to raise or lift), which is also the source of air, aira, aura, and meteor. Earliest documented use: 1578.

USAGE:
“Once the breathing system begins, the arterious ducts close due to the contraction of the thick muscles.”
Sebastion Jose; The Space, Time, and I; Alpha-Beta Publications; 1966.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We open our mouths and out flow words whose ancestries we do not even know. We are walking lexicons. In a single sentence of idle chatter we preserve Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Norse: we carry a museum inside our heads, each day we commemorate peoples of whom we have never heard. -Penelope Lively, writer (b. 17 Mar 1933)

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