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Oct 26, 2016
This week’s theme
Words formed by dialectal pronunciation

This week’s words
ornery
passel
sassy
tarnal
raiment

sassiness scale
Sassiness scale

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with Anu Garg

sassy

PRONUNCIATION:
(SAS-ee)

MEANING:
adjective: Impudent; bold; outspoken; lively; feisty; stylish.

ETYMOLOGY:
Alteration of saucy, from sauce, from Latin salsa, from sallere (to salt), from sal (salt). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sal- (salt), which is also the source of silt, sausage, salad, salami, salary, and salmagundi. Earliest documented use: 1833.

USAGE:
“Ada had sounded like her strong and sassy self on the phone.”
Laura Trentham; Slow and Steady Rush; St. Martin’s; 2015.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons. ... America's strength doesn't come from lashing out. Strength relies on smarts, judgment, cool resolve, and the precise and strategic application of power. That's the kind of Commander-in-Chief I pledge to be. -Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Senator, Democratic nominee for the US president (b. 26 Oct 1947)

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