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Old 08-12-2013, 08:09 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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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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Old 08-13-2013, 07:18 AM   #3
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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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Old 08-13-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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anion (n). (physics). The positive electrode of an electrolyctic cell, discharge tube, valve, or rectifier.

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Old 08-13-2013, 10:58 PM   #6
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erratic:
(geology) A rock moved from one location to another, usually by a
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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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Old 08-14-2013, 06:51 AM   #7
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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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nowise:
(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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http://www.salt.org.il/legabelle.html

For those who read French:

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabelle_du_sel
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That was a fun read, thanks CWS!
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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.

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Gabelle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
CW, I don't know about you, but I've never met a "popular tax". BTW, it was an interesting read. Thanks.
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remuneration:
1. Something given in exchange for goods or services rendered.
2. A payment for work done; wages, salary, emolument.
3. A recompense for a loss; compensation.
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clemency:
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2. (now rare) Mildness of weather.
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transhumance:
The moving of cattle or other grazing animals to new pastures, often
quite distant, according to the change in season.
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re·pu·di·ate

[ri-pyoo-dee-eyt] Show IPA
verb (used with object), re·pu·di·at·ed, re·pu·di·at·ing. 1. to reject as having no authority or binding force: to repudiate a claim.
2. to cast off or disown: to repudiate a son.
3. to reject with disapproval or condemnation: to repudiate a new doctrine.
4. to reject with denial: to repudiate a charge as untrue.
5. to refuse to acknowledge and pay (a debt), as a state, municipality, etc.
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plethora

pleth·o·ra [pleth-er-uh]

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1. overabundance; excess: a plethora of advice and a paucity of assistance.
2. Pathology Archaic. a morbid condition due to excess of red corpuscles in the blood or increase in the quantity of blood.

Origin: 1535–45; < Neo-Latin < Greek plēthṓra fullness
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I learned a new word today from CWS4322 in the pork chop thread!

abattoir
ab·at·toir
A slaughterhouse.

A few more words like that and I might pay $12.00 for a pork chop!
What a great word, abattoir, abattoir, abattoir!!!
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