ascetic

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ascetic

Pronunciation /əˈsɛtɪk/
adjective
Characterized by severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons.
noun
A person who follows an ascetic life.

Origin
Mid 17th century from medieval Latin asceticus or Greek askētikos, from askētēs ‘monk’, from askein ‘to exercise’.

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Bob totally knew that he was not destined to seek out an ascetic life.

Wednesday

The day has started gray.
Sometimes, that’s the way.
There is a chance of showers
During the coming hours.

“Halfway there”, “mid-week”, “hump”
Designate this 24 hour lump
Which honors Norse god Odin,
“Dies Mercurii” trumped by “Woden”

impede

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impede

Pronunciation /ɪmˈpiːd/
verb
[with object]
Delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder.

Origin
Late 16th century from Latin impedire ‘shackle the feet of’, based on pes, ped- ‘foot’. Compare with impeach.

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Do not impede me, I implore you, but if you must, be fair about controlling others, too.

delve

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delve

Pronunciation /dɛlv/
verb
[no object]
1 Reach inside a receptacle and search for something.
1.1 Research or make painstaking inquiries into something.
2 archaic Dig; excavate.

Origin
Old English delfan ‘dig’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch delven.

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We enjoy delving into slang, and we ask the question, “Can you dig it?” (Those who were around in the 1070s would say yes.)

megabucks

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megabucks

Pronunciation /ˈmɛɡəbʌks/
plural noun
informal
A very large amount of money.

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Marty managed to maintain his megabucks.
He accomplished that by owning trucks.
He hired only unionized drivers.
All were self-acknowledged strivers
Who helped to weed out lazy losers,
And they got the goods on time to users.

tink

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tink

Pronunciation /tɪŋk/
verb
[no object]Knitting
Undo a row of knitting one stitch at a time, in order to correct a mistake.

Origin
1990s reversal of knit.

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If you want to quickly tink
And make your hard work really shrink
Walk to the kitchen to get a drink
Leaving the knitting where the cat can get at it.