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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
15
2014

staccato

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stə ka to

adjective
1. composed of abrupt, distinct notes, sounds, or parts, as a musical passage or a burst of gunfire.

2. in music, cut short; played crisply, with a distinct break before the next note.

 noun
1: a staccato musical passage.
2: something composed of abrupt, distinct sounds or parts.
The staccato of hail on the tin roof.

 adverb
in a staccato style or manner (used as a musical direction).