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  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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May
08
2013

avoirdupois

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

ae v@r d@ poIz

noun
definition 1.
 a system of weight based on a pound equal to sixteen ounces or to 453.59 grams; avoirdupois weight.
example: According to Major League Baseball Official Rules, a baseball must weigh between no less than 5 and no more than 5.25 ounces avoirdupois.
definition 2. (informal) weight or heaviness, especially of a person.
example: The women are generally squatty and fat, and the greater a woman’s avoirdupois the more beautiful is she considered. (Dillon Wallace, The Long Labrador Trail)