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Nov 18, 2003
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armamentarium
banausic
rapprochement
codswallop
extramundane

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banausic

(buh-NAW-sik, -zik) Pronunciation RealAudio

adjective: Mechanical, utilitarian or routine, as opposed to inspiring or imaginative.

From Greek banausikos, from banausos (mechanic).

"It will leave Beagle 2 to its banausic task of probing and burrowing into the surface of the Red Planet in its futile search for microbes and soda water."
Peter Simple; Rogue Elements; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Jun 6, 2003.

"Timothy McVeigh did quite a number on the Oklahoma City federal building, even though his banausic use of explosives probably disgusted a professional like Loizeaux."
Bruce Schneier; Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World; John Wiley & Sons, 2000.

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