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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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Aug
19
2013

shibboleth

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

shib·bo·leth

shI leth
shI bə lihth

noun

1. a slogan, phrase, or belief that characterizes or is held devotedly by a group.
example: “No new taxes” is now a shibboleth of the Republican Party. 

2. a piece of language or a pronunciation that serves as a test of one’s membership in a group.