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Nov 27, 2018
This week’s theme
Verbs

This week’s words
actuate
parley
impignorate
declaim
divaricate

parley
Parley aboard the Black Pearl
A scene from the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Photo: PotC Wiki

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parley

PRONUNCIATION:
(PAR-lee)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To have a discussion, especially with an opposing party.
noun: A discussion, especially between opposing groups.

ETYMOLOGY:
Apparently from French parler (to talk), from Latin parabolare (to speak or talk), from parabola (speech). Earliest documented use: 1490.

USAGE:
“The removal of lead from all petrol, then, should usher in a Golden Age. In America, since the ban of 1996, researchers estimate that IQ scores have risen by several points and 58m crimes have been avoided. The spread of peace to some of the world’s more benighted countries may happen not because leaders parley or Western troops leave, but because the element of wickedness has been taken out of their cars.”
A Toxin in Your Tank; The Economist (London, UK); Nov 21, 2012.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Use only that which works and take it from any place you can find it. -Bruce Lee, martial artist and actor (27 Nov 1940-1973)

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