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A.Word.A.Day--yammer

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This week's theme: verbs.

yammer (YAM-uhr) verb tr., intr.

To whine, complain, or to talk loudly and incessantly.

noun

The act of yammering.

[From Middle Dutch jammeren (to lament).]

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

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Every year, hundreds of those metallic helium balloons that some little kid lets go of by accident, or some misguided romantic releases into the sky like a shiny-bright dove, float up into electric lines and knock out the power hundreds of times over. ... The Balloon Council, evidently full of its own product, is yammering about how [the proposal to ban them] criminalizes a toy." Patt Morrison; More Hot Air From Lobbyists; Los Angeles Times; Apr 8, 2008.

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Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality; they discourse like angels but they live like men. -Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)

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