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20
Mar
2012
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 21, 2012 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>tub-thumper</strong> &#149; \TUB-thump-er\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: a vociferous supporter (as of a cause) <br />
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<strong>Examples:</strong><br />
Aunt Lucille was a <em>tub-thumper</em> for temperance who never passed up an opportunity to sermonize fervently on the evils of &quot;demon drink&quot; and the virtues of abstinence.<br /><br />&quot;As some of you are aware, I've been a frequent <em>tub thumper</em> for winter gardening. In the main, I've promoted it as a means to eating well.&quot; &#151; From an article by Chris Smith in <em>The Seattle Post-Intelligencer</em>, June 19, 2008<br />
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<strong>Did you know?</strong><br />
Tub-thumpers are a noisy (and sometimes amusing) lot. The earliest ones were preachers or public speakers with a predisposition for pounding their fists on the pulpit or lectern &#151; perhaps to wake up their listeners! Back in the 17th century, the word &quot;tub&quot; was sometimes used as a synonym of &quot;pulpit&quot;; John Dryden, for example, used the word thus in 1680 when he wrote, &quot;Jack Presbyter shall here erect his throne, Knock out a tub with preaching once a day.&quot; &quot;Tub-thumper&quot; has been naming loud, impassioned speakers since at least 1662, when it was used by a writer named Hugh Foulis to describe &quot;a sort of people ... antick in their Devotions&#133;.&quot;<br /><br />
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