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This week's theme: words related to death and taxes.
impost (IM-post) noun
1. A tax or a similar mandatory payment.
2. The weight a horse must carry in a handicap race.
3. The top part of a pillar of a wall, usually projecting in the form of an ornamental molding, on which an arch rests.
[From Latin imponere (to impose), from ponere (to place).]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"The impost on business could be offset with a cut to the corporate tax rate." Richard Inder; Sharemarket at Risk of Losing Biggest Firms; The New Zealand Herald (Auckland); Mar 9, 2006.
Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his thumb on the scales. -Byron J. Langenfeld