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Feb 14, 2013
This week's theme
Words with initial silent letters

This week's words
pteridology
knacker
gnathic
wraith
chthonic

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

wraith

PRONUNCIATION:
(rayth)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A ghost.
2. An apparition of a person supposed to appear just before that person's death.
3. An insubstantial copy of something: shadow.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Scottish. Earliest documented use: 1513.

USAGE:
"BlackBerry maker RIM, now a shadow of its former self and haunting the tech market like a wraith, took yet another hit."
Tiernan Ray; Why Everyone's Getting Pummeled; Barron's (New York); Jul 2, 2012.

See more usage examples of wraith in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is more often from pride than from ignorance that we are so obstinately opposed to current opinions; we find the first places taken, and we do not want to be the last. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)

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