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Oct 21, 2016
This week’s theme
Words that appear to be coined after someone (but aren’t)

This week’s words
ruminate
bushwa
obambulate
trumpery
hilarity

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hilarity

PRONUNCIATION:
(hi-LAYR-i-tee)

MEANING:
noun: Cheerfulness; merriment.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French hilarité (hilarity), from Latin hilaris (cheerful), from Greek hilaros (cheerful). Earliest documented use: 1568.

USAGE:
“A merry school of porpoises, a square mile of them, suddenly appear, tossing themselves into the air in abounding strength and hilarity.”
John Muir; Travels in Alaska; Houghton Mifflin; 1915.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet, and philosopher (21 Oct 1772-1834)

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