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The Quandary for today, Sunday, February 07, 2016, consists of:
  • alar
  • chuchotage
  • peccadillo
  • dipsy-doodle
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

1. Relating to wings; wing-shaped. 2. Relating to the armpit.
  1. The interpretation or translation of speech in a whisper to a single person in proximity to other people.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for February 7, 2016 is:

peccadillo • \pek-uh-DIL-oh\  • noun

: a slight offense


Mark’s thank-you note to his hostess was sincere and touching; his only peccadillo was addressing her by her first name instead of "Mrs. Henderson."

"[Tanyanne] Ball seemed to have mastered the form of affable confrontation: as soon as she saw someone perpetrating a civic peccadillo, she would stride up and calmly, grinningly ask, ’Are you aware that you have just committed a violation?’" — Tobi Haslett, NewYorker.com, 10 Nov. 2015

Did you know?

"The world loves a spice of wickedness." That observation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow may explain why people are so willing to forgive peccadilloes as youthful foolishness or lapses of judgment. The willingness to overlook petty faults and minor offenses existed long before English speakers borrowed a modified version of the Spanish pecadillo at the end of the 16th century. Spanish speakers distinguished the pecadillo, or "little sin," from the more serious pecado, their term for a sin of magnitude. And these Spanish terms can be traced back still further, to the Latin verb peccare, meaning "to sin."

dipsy-doodle: a quick dipping, sliding motion of the body, as made by ball carriers in football to evade tacklers.

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