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09
Mar
2012
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 10, 2012 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>quietus</strong> &#149; \kwye-EE-tus\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 : final settlement (as of a debt) 2 : removal from activity; <em>especially</em> <strong>:</strong> death 3 : something that quiets or represses <br />
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<strong>Examples:</strong><br />
The town council voted against granting a permit to stage the concert in the park, thus putting the <em>quietus</em> on any repeat of last year's unruly behavior.<br /><br />&quot;All this comes just about the time when some bass-fishing folks were predicting a mad rush to the banks for the first round of spawning on Tuesday's full moon. The effects of the rain, cooler water and a rising barometer should put the <em>quietus</em> on that until water levels stabilize and sunlight returns to warm the water.&quot; &#151; From an article by Joe Macaluso in <em>The Advocate</em> (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), February 2, 2012<br />
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<strong>Did you know?</strong><br />
In the early 1500s, English speakers adopted the Medieval Latin phrase &quot;quietus est&quot; (literally &quot;he is quit&quot;) as the name for the writ of discharge exempting a baron or knight from payment of a knight's fee to the king. The expression was later shortened to &quot;quietus&quot; and applied to the termination of any debt. William Shakespeare was the first to use &quot;quietus&quot; as a metaphor for the termination of life: &quot;For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, &#133; When he himself might his quietus make / With a bare bodkin?&quot; (<em>Hamlet</em>). The third meaning, which is more influenced by &quot;quiet&quot; than &quot;quit,&quot; appeared in the 19th century. It often occurs in the phrase &quot;put the quietus on&quot; (as in, &quot;The bad news put the quietus on their celebration&quot;).<br /><br />
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