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  • Word of the Day
    labyrinthine

    lae b@ rIn thihn  [or]  lae b@ rIn thin

    adjective
    1.  of, resembling, or forming a labyrinth.
    We followed our guide through the labyrinthine catacombs.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    landlocked

    laend lakt

    adjective
    lacking access to the sea.
    Paraguay and Bolivia are the only landlocked countries in South America; all the other countries border the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, or both in the case of Colombia.

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Feb
14
2014

fractious

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

fraek shəs
adjective
1. inclined to be irritable and quarrelsome; cranky.
2. headstrong and hard to discipline; unruly.

Can you assign each quotation to the appropriate definition? (Answers on Monday)

A. “They talked and gossiped among themselves, strangers soon becoming friends, for the normally fractious and outspoken Londoners had forgotten their differences, at least for a day, united in a common purpose….” (Sharon Kay Penman, When Christ and His Saints Slept)

B. “Now there are two ways to ride a fractious horse,’ he explained to the Chicago engineers in 1901. “One is to get on him and learn by actual practice how each motion and trick my be best met; the other is to sit on a fence and watch the beast a while, and then retire to the house and at leisure figure out the best way of overcoming his jumps and kicks.” (Tom D. Crouch, The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright)