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# Word for the Day

To stand firm   staunch   As an adjective, staunch means firm. You might want to go to that concert Friday night, but your parents’ staunch opposition prevents you.   Staunch is sometimes used as a verb to mean “to stop the flow of a liquid,” but most usage books will tell you it’s better to use the…

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Short, quick, pleasurable trip…   jaunt   Running out to get pizza to bring back before the big game? This short, quick, pleasurable trip could be called a jaunt(unless of course, you get your pizza from Italy, that’s called “time to get a closer pizza place”).   Jaunt was used in the 17th century to describe a…

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brief and blunt curt   I’m sorry to be curt, but let’s get right to the point. You should use the adjective curt to describe a way of speaking that’s brief and blunt.   Curt often just means “terse.” In fact it comes from the Latin word curtus, which means “cut short, abridged.” But sometimes it has the added sense…

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