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Posted: September 11, 2010 in Vocab Special

The dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible.

To appease aggravated fan bases, the league will gerrymander the early non-divisional, non-crossover scheduling to allow Wisconsin to play both Nebraska and Iowa in 2011 and 2012.
— Scott Dochterman, “Final guesses on Big Ten divisional realignment,” Doc’s Office blog,, September 2010.



Posted: August 23, 2010 in Vocab Special

To eat greedily or ravenously.

I have never in my life seen men gormandize to be compared with those men. And the curious thing was that as course followed course their appetite seemed to increase. Word of the Day


Posted: August 21, 2010 in Uncategorized, Vocab Special

A disturbance, quarrel, or row.

“If ever a ruction starts we haven’t a chance. And we’ve all got our women and children to recollect. We’ve got to be peaceable at any price, and put up with whatever dirt is heaped on us.”


Posted: August 20, 2010 in Vocab Special

To talk with extravagant enthusiasm.
2. To speak or write rhapsodies.

Restaurateur-turned-produce-broker Andy Ayers is never hesitant to rhapsodize about his experiences with locally grown food.

“Bookkeeper” and “bookkeeping” and “sweet-toothed” have three consecutive sets of double letters. Others are “deer-reeve,” “feed-door,” “heel-loop,” “hoof-footed,” “hoot-toot,” “keek-keek,” “Soonnee,” “toot-toot,” “veneer-room,” and “wood-deer.” “Subbookkeeper” is the only word found in an English language dictionary with four pairs of double letters in a row.

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