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The Quandary for today, Tuesday, August 21, 2018, consists of:
  • assize
  • badass
  • cerulean
  • bad, n.1
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

noun: A session of a court or a verdict or an inquiry made at such a session.
  1. (US, slang, negative connotation, possibly offensive) Belligerent and troublesome.
  2. (US, slang, positive connotation, possibly offensive) Having an extreme appearance, attitude, or behavior that is considered admirable.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 21, 2018 is:

cerulean • \suh-ROO-lee-un\  • adjective

: resembling the blue of the sky

Examples:

"The images in Nicolas Party’s paintings are simple, vivid, inexplicably funny, and profoundly odd. He paints the face of a man in a brown hat with a large snail on top, against a background of cerulean blue." — Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, June 2018

"The new oceanfront pool is scheduled to debut by summer’s end…; complete with cabanas and a second tiki bar serving food all day, it will bring guests even closer to the cerulean Atlantic." — Alexandra Kirkman, Forbes, 2 July 2018

Did you know?

Cerulean comes from the Latin word caeruleus, which means "dark blue" and is most likely from caelum, the Latin word for "sky." An artist rendering a sky of blue in oils or watercolors might choose a tube of cerulean blue pigment. Birdwatchers in the eastern U.S. might look skyward and see a cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea). Cerulean is not the only color name that’s closely associated with the sky. Azure (which ultimately comes from a Persian word for "lapis lazuli," a rich blue stone) describes the color of a cloudless sky and can even be a noun meaning "the unclouded sky."



OED Word of the Day: bad, n.1 A (domestic or wild) cat

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