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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day: Episodes

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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 09, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>elephantiasis</strong> &#149; \el-uh-fun-TYE-uh-sis\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 : enlargement and thickening of tissues; specifically <strong>:</strong> ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 08, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>hoity-toity</strong> &#149; \hoy-tee-TOY-tee\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 07, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>intoxicate</strong> &#149; \in-TAHK-suh-kayt\&nbsp; &#149; <em>verb</em><br />
1 : poison 2 a : to excite or stupefy by alcohol or a drug especially to the point ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 06, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>plagiary</strong> &#149; \PLAY-jee-air-ee\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 : one that plagiarizes *2 : plagiarism <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 05, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>nosocomial</strong> &#149; \nah-suh-KOH-mee-ul\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
: acquired or occurring in a hospital <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 04, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>sarcasm</strong> &#149; \SAHR-kaz-um\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain 2 *a : ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 03, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>repine</strong> &#149; \rih-PYNE\&nbsp; &#149; <em>verb</em><br />
1 : to feel or express dejection or discontent <strong>:</strong> complain *2 : to long ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 02, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>artifice</strong> &#149; \AHR-tuh-fus\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 a : clever or artful skill <strong>:</strong> ingenuity b : an ingenious device or expedient ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 01, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>pianistic</strong> &#149; \pee-uh-NISS-tik\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
*1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the piano 2 : skilled in or well ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 30, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>spelunker</strong> &#149; \spih-LUNK-er\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: one who makes a hobby of exploring and studying caves <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 29, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>palimpsest</strong> &#149; \PAL-imp-sest\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 : writing material (as a parchment or tablet) used one or more times after earlier ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 28, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>clement</strong> &#149; \KLEM-unt\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
*1 : inclined to be merciful <strong>:</strong> lenient 2 : mild <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 27, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>soi-disant</strong> &#149; \swah-dee-ZAHNG (the NG is not pronounced, but the vowel is nasalized)\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
: self-proclaimed, so-called ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 26, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>spilth</strong> &#149; \SPILTH\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 : the act or an instance of spilling 2 *a : something spilled b : refuse, rubbish <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 25, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>repartee</strong> &#149; \rep-er-TEE\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 a : a quick and witty reply* b : a succession or interchange of clever retorts <strong>:</strong> ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 24, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>hale</strong> &#149; \HAIL\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
: free from defect, disease, or infirmity <strong>:</strong> sound; <em>also</em> <b>:</b> retaining ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 23, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>collogue</strong> &#149; \kuh-LOHG\&nbsp; &#149; <em>verb</em><br />
1 : intrigue, conspire *2 : to talk privately <strong>:</strong> confer <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 22, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>alacrity</strong> &#149; \uh-LAK-ruh-tee\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: promptness in response <strong>:</strong> cheerful readiness <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 21, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>hawthorn</strong> &#149; \HAW-thorn\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: any of a genus (Crataegus) of spring-flowering spiny shrubs or small trees of the rose ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 20, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>tousle</strong> &#149; \TOW-zul\&nbsp; &#149; <em>verb</em><br />
: dishevel, rumple <br />
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