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Mar 11, 1999
This week's theme
Pi words to mark Pi Day

This week's words
piacular
picante
pizzicato
piddle
pianissimo
pissoir
pilose

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piddle

(PID-l) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

verb tr.: To use triflingly; squander.
verb intr.: 1. To spend time aimlessly; diddle. 2. To urinate.

[Origin unknown.]

"Maybe there are a few civilizations out there that have decided to stay home, piddle around and send out some radio waves once in a while." Annette Foglino, Space: Is Anyone Out There? Most Astronomers Say Yes; Life (New York); Jul 1989.

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Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

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