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This week's theme: Red-herring words
1. Yielding little for much effort.
[From English hard + Dutch schrabbelen (to scrape). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sker- (to cut) that's also the source of words such as skirt, sharp, scrape, screw, shard, shears, carnage, curt, and carnivorous.]
"How did young Mildred, a homely, chubby, fatherless kid, reared on
a hardscrabble Iowa farm during the Great Depression manage to work
up the genius to relish every minute of her life?"
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment. -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)