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May 13, 2014
This week's theme
Blend words

This week's words
lazaretto
bumptious
slimsy
stiction
muzzy

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bumptious

PRONUNCIATION:
(BUHMP-shuhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Self-assertive in an obnoxious way.

ETYMOLOGY:
Probably a blend of bump + fractious or a blend of bump + presumptuous. Earliest documented use: 1803.

USAGE:
"A more prosperous, bumptious Turkey is jangling many nerves."
Is Turkey Turning Its Back on the West?; The Economist (London, UK); Oct 21, 2010.

See more usage examples of bumptious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
One day work is hard, and another day it is easy; but if I had waited for inspiration I am afraid I should have done nothing. The miner does not sit at the top of the shaft waiting for the coal to come bubbling up to the surface. One must go deep down, and work out every vein carefully. -Arthur Sullivan, composer (1842-1900)

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