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Dec 26, 2018
This week’s theme
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morbidezza
vociferate
juxtapose
hawkshaw
quingentenary

juxtapose
While an announcer talks about who the next American Idol will be, a man on the street behind her eats from a garbage can. (Hollywood Blvd., May 2007)
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juxtapose

PRONUNCIATION:
(JUHK-stuh-pohz)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To place side by side for comparison or contrast.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from juxtaposition, from Latin juxta (near, next) + French poser (to place). Ultimately from the Indo-European root yeug- (to join), which is also the ancestor of junction, yoke, yoga, adjust, enjoin, rejoinder, junta, junto, syzygy, jugular, jugulate, subjugate, zeugma, and rejoinder. Earliest documented use: 1851.

USAGE:
“The NRA suggests limiting entry [in schools] to a single point; building a prison-style fence (the report shows a photo of a deficient fence juxtaposed with one that would have made GDR border guards proud); banning greenery outside schools because intruders may hide in trees and bushes or use them to cut through the aforementioned fence; and making do without windows, or only small ones with ballistic protective glass. Front offices should be protected with two sets of automatically locking doors to create an ‘entrapment area’.
“At the end of the report is a draft for a law to allow schools to arm their teachers.”
Brutalism; The Economist (London, UK); Jun 30, 2018.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I don't want to be a great leader; I want to be a man who goes around with a little oil can and when he sees a breakdown, offers his help. To me, the man who does that is greater than any holy man in saffron-colored robes. The mechanic with the oilcan: that is my ideal in life. -Baba Amte, social worker and activist (26 Dec 1914-2008)

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