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Dec 7, 2015
This week’s theme
Where’s the rest of my word?

This week’s words
jaculate
cognize
plaint
suage
gratulate

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with Anu Garg

As if ‘OK’ weren’t a small enough word, some shorten it to ‘K’. If you’re one of those people, you’ll love this week’s words. If you are not, you’ll say: Where’s the rest of my word?

The words featured this week appear to be truncated forms of some everyday words. But these are valid words that can be found in (an unabridged) dictionary.

Why use them? Well, it’s hard to type on the tiny keyboard on a cellphone, so why not make use of these words and save wear and tear on your fingertips?

jaculate

PRONUNCIATION:
(JAK-yuh-layt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To emit or hurl.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin jaculare (to dart), from jaculum (dart, javelin), from jacere (to throw). Earliest documented use: 1623.

USAGE:
“She pushed past him again, her wounds still jaculating blood, and this time managed to get out of the room.”
Christina Vella; Intimate Enemies; LSU Press; 2004.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. -Noam Chomsky, linguistics professor and political activist (b. 7 Dec 1928)

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