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# Word for the Day

Proper and polite behavior.     decorum   Decorum is proper and polite behavior. If you let out a big belch at a fancy dinner party, you’re not showing much decorum.   This noun is from Latin decōrus “proper, becoming, handsome,” from décor “beauty, grace,” which is also the source of English décor. The corresponding adjective is decorous, meaning “well-behaved in a particular…

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Easily taught or handled… docile   If someone is docile, he is easily taught or handled. If you suddenly became a trouble-maker in class, your teachers would long for the days when you were sweet and docile.   Docile comes from Latin root for teaching, docere, so someone docile is easy to teach. A docile student is willing to…

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 A quick meeting…   powwow   To powwow or have a powwow is to have a quick meeting. People powwow when they need to discuss something.   Originally, powwow was a Native American term for a type of meeting or council. The term has since become a more general term for meetings and conferences, especially brief ones. Football players in a huddle are having…