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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Poet Carl Sandburg once described slang as "a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands, and goes to work." Nothing wrong with words in a tie and suit, but sometimes only slang can do the job.
Since slang is often born in the back-alleys of language rather than in a sanitized hospital room, it's not easy to pin down its origins. Does that matter? Go ahead, hire this week's five hardworking words for your verbal mill.
MEANING:adjective: Satisfactory; all right; okay.
ETYMOLOGY:Of unknown origin.
USAGE:"So far as the state is concerned, everything is jake. But the council seems determined to throw a monkey wrench into the works."
James Gill; Council Seems Eager to Trip Up Churchill; The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana); Apr 20, 2005.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. -Reinhold Niebuhr, theologian (1892-1971)