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rur­ban

(RUHR-buhn)

MEAN­ING: ad­jec­tive: Hav­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of both ru­ral and ur­ban life. ET­Y­MOL­OGY:

A blend of ru­ral + ur­ban, from Latin rus (coun­try) and urbs (city). Ear­li­est doc­u­mented use: 1915. US­AGE:

“Fi­nance Min­is­ter Doug Horner ... calls him­self a rur­ban MLA be­cause he lives in an ur­ban rid­ing [district] but has land in ru­ral area.”

squig­gle

(SKUI-guhl)

MEAN­ING: noun: An ir­reg­u­larly curl­ing or loop­ing line, string, etc. verb tr., intr.:

1. To make an ir­reg­u­larly curl­ing or loop­ing line.

2. To squirm or wrig­gle.

3. To scrib­ble. ET­Y­MOL­OGY:

Per­haps a blend of squirm + wrig­gle. Ear­li­est doc­u­mented use: 1804. US­AGE:

“There was noth­ing I wouldn’t eat. Well, apart from tinned spaghetti, that is, whose loops and squig­gles slop­ping around in that flu­o­res­cent orange sauce some­how man­aged to turn my stom­ach when noth­ing else did.”

pal­imony

(PAL-uh-moh-nee) MEAN­ING: noun: Fi­nan­cial sup­port or other com­pen­sa­tion given by one mem­ber of an un­mar­ried cou­ple to an­other af­ter sep­a­ra­tion. ET­Y­MOL­OGY:

A blend of pal and al­imony, from Latin al­imo­nia (sus­te­nance), from alere (to nour­ish). Ul­ti­mately from the Indo-Euro­pean root al- (to grow or to nour­ish), which also gave us ado­les­cent, adult, old, alumnus, altitude, en­hance, co­a­lesce, pro­lific, outre, and hau­teur. Ear­li­est doc­u­mented use: 1977. US­AGE:

“NBA star Blake Grif­fin is be­ing sued for pal­imony by his for­mer girl­friend Brynn Cameron, who al­leges he aban­doned her and their chil­dren to pur­sue a re­la­tion­ship with Kendall Jenner.”

guessti­mate

(GES-ti-mayt for verb; -muht for noun) MEAN­ING: verb tr.: To make an es­ti­mate based on guess­work. noun: An es­ti­mate based on guess­work.

ET­Y­MOL­OGY:

A blend of guess + es­ti­mate. Ear­li­est doc­u­mented use: 1936.

US­AGE:

“When the mea­sur­ing cap that comes with the medicine bot­tle gets gooey and gummed up, the temp­ta­tion is to grab a kitchen spoon to guessti­mate a tea­spoon’s worth of liq­uid medicine. It doesn’t re­ally work.”

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