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Old 08-12-2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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repechage:
(sports) A heat (as in rowing or fencing) in which the best competitors
who have lost in a previous round compete for a place or places yet left
in the next round.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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é·pée also e·pee (-p, p) (n)

1. A fencing sword with a bowl-shaped guard and a long, narrow, fluted blade that has no cutting edge and tapers to a blunted point.

2. The art or sport of fencing with this sword.

[French, from Old French espee, from Latin spatha, broad double-edged sword; see spathe.]
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erratic:
(geology) A rock moved from one location to another, usually by a
glacier.
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I love erratics...they are a most fascinating subject. Maybe I should have studied geology.
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anion (n). (physics). The positive electrode of an electrolyctic cell, discharge tube, valve, or rectifier.
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anion (n). (physics). The positive electrode of an electrolyctic cell, discharge tube, valve, or rectifier.

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erratic:
(geology) A rock moved from one location to another, usually by a
glacier.
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I'm more familiar with this meaning:

a : characterized by lack of consistency, regularity, or uniformity <erratic dieting> <keeps erratic hours>
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teenybopper:
A person, especially a female, in her early teens who follows popular
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avail:
1. (transitive, often reflexive) To turn to the advantage of.
2. (transitive) To be of service to.
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(In) no way, (in) no manner, definitely not.
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gabelle (n)

A tax on salt levied in pre-Revolutionary France.

Etymology:

Middle English gabel, from Old French, from Old Italian gabella, from Arabic qabāla, tribute, from qabila, to receive.

To learn more about this unpopular tax:

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For those who read French:

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabelle_du_sel
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