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Apr 5, 2016
This week’s theme
Blend words

This week’s words
lunkhead
clairaudience
affluential
bankster
sheeple

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clairaudience

PRONUNCIATION:
(kler-AW-dee-uhns)

MEANING:
noun: The supposed ability to hear what is inaudible.

ETYMOLOGY:
A blend of clairvoyance + audience (the act of hearing), from audire (to hear). Ultimately from the Indo-European root au- (to perceive), which also gave us audio, audit, obey, auditorium, anesthesia, aesthetic, and synesthesia. Earliest documented use: 1864.

USAGE:
“Paul Solotaroff said that in his time with Trump, he found ‘a guy with two extraordinary senses.
One is something I call clairvoyance, the ability to read a market way before it is formed and get there first. The second is clairaudience, hear what is in people’s hearts and minds.’
He described clairaudience this way: ‘There’s Donald, on the 26th floor of his massive office in the Trump Tower, and somehow he read and saw and heard into the hearts of disaffected underemployed white people in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, in, you know, West Virginia, in Ohio. And not only was he able to hear that seething rage, he was able to read it back to them, word for word, in ways that no Republican has ever done before.’”
Brian Stelter; Rolling Stone Writer: Trump ‘Was Not Talking About Her Persona’; CNNMoney (Atlanta); Sep 11, 2015.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Curiosity is the lust of the mind. -Thomas Hobbes, philosopher (5 Apr 1588-1679)

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