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Dec 23, 2016
This week’s theme
Words that keep glowing even with a burnt-out letter

This week’s words
platitudinarian
orotund
suberous
parable
dubiety

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with Anu Garg

dubiety

PRONUNCIATION:
(doo-BY-i-tee, dyoo-)

MEANING:
noun: Doubtfulness or uncertainty.

ETYMOLOGY:
If you’re experiencing dubiety, you are of two minds, etymologically speaking. From Latin dubius (wavering), from duo (two). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dwo- (two) that also gave us dual, double, doubt, diploma (literally, folded in two), twin, between, redoubtable, and didymous. Earliest documented use: 1750.
Remove the initial letter and you get ubiety.

USAGE:
“For starters, individuals can exercise healthy dubiety, especially when an opportunity sounds too good to be true (spoiler: it probably is).”
Trust but Verify; Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah); Oct 31, 2016.

See more usage examples of dubiety in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Every noon as the clock hands arrive at twelve, / I want to tie the two arms together, / And walk out of the bank carrying time in bags. -Robert Bly, poet (b. 23 Dec 1926)

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