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Aug 4, 2016
This week’s theme
Verbs

This week’s words
calumniate
floccipend
exonerate
foozle
propitiate

foozle
“On the road to success, there are no shortcuts.” (though there are overpasses)

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foozle

PRONUNCIATION:
(FOO-zuhl)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To botch or bungle, especially to make a poor shot in golf.
noun: A botched attempt at something.

ETYMOLOGY:
Perhaps from German dialect fuseln (to work badly). Earliest documented use: 1857.

USAGE:
“Did Butterworth foozle the case or what?”
Michael Underwood; Murder Made Absolute; Ian Henry Publications; 1975.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
America has changed over the years. But these values my grandparents taught me -- they haven't gone anywhere. They're as strong as ever; still cherished by people of every party, every race, every faith. They live on in each of us. What makes us American, what makes us patriots, is what's in here. That's what matters. And that's why we can take the food and music and holidays and styles of other countries, and blend it into something uniquely our own. That's why we can attract strivers and entrepreneurs from around the globe to build new factories and create new industries here. That's why our military can look the way it does -- every shade of humanity, forged into common service. That's why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end. -Barack Obama, US President (b. 4 Aug 1961) Source

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