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A.Word.A.Day--inquorate

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inquorate (in-KWA-rayt) adjective

(of a meeting) Attended by too few people to form a quorum (the minimum number of members required to be present for valid transaction of business).

[From Latin quorum, literally `of whom,' from the wording of the commission issued to designate members of a body.]

"Membership has slumped from 500 to just 350 since the election and many local meetings are inquorate." Michael White, et al., Labour in Turmoil Over Candidate Selection, The Guardian (UK), May 30, 2000.

This week's theme: words that contain the vowels aeiou once and only once.

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It often happens that those of whom we speak least on earth are best known in heaven. -Nicolas Caussin, preacher and moralist (1583-1651)

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