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Oct 4, 2017
This week’s theme
Words that sound taboo, but aren’t

This week’s words
cocksure
pudency
menstruum
titter
cunctative

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with Anu Garg

menstruum

PRONUNCIATION:
(MEN-stroo-uhm)

MEANING:
noun: A solvent.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin menstruum (menses). Earliest documented use: 1398.

USAGE:
“But Ikey was timid, and his hopes remained insoluble in the menstruum of his backwardness and fears.”
O. Henry; The Best Short Stories of O. Henry; Modern Library; 1994.

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

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