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The Quandary for today, Monday, July 16, 2018, consists of:
  • cynophobia
  • champagne
  • declivity
  • rocky road, n.
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

noun: A fear of dogs.
  1. (countable, uncountable) A sparkling white wine made from a blend of grapes, especially Chardonnay and pinot, produced in Champagne, France, by the méthode champenoise.
  2. (countable, uncountable, informal) Any sparkling wine made with the méthode champenoise.
  3. (countable, uncountable, informal) Any sparkling white wine.
  4. (countable) A glass of champagne.
  5. (countable) A very pale brownish-gold colour, similar to that of champagne.
    champagne colour:  
Allez Les Bleus! France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup 4–2 against Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, yesterday.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 16, 2018 is:

declivity • \dih-KLIV-uh-tee\  • noun

1 : downward inclination

2 : a descending slope


"Early afternoon finds me off-trail by mistake among fog banks, using both hands and feet to scramble sideways and skyward along a perilously steep, grassy declivity toward the pass of Les Mattes." — Jeffrey Tayler, The National Geographic Traveler, 1 June 2017

"We make straight for the swimming pool, set in a warm declivity and surrounded by orange-trees." — Alex Preston, Harper’s, October 2016

Did you know?

Three different English words descend from clivus, the Latin word for "slope" or "hill"—with the help of three Latin prefixes. Declivity combines clivus with the prefix de-, meaning "down" or "away." Acclivity uses ad- (which changes its second letter depending on the root word), meaning "to" or "toward." Hence, an acclivity is an upward slope. The third word has a figurative meaning in English: proclivity makes use of the prefix pro-, meaning "forward," and this word refers to a personal inclination, predisposition, or "leaning."

OED Word of the Day: rocky road, n. A flavour of ice cream (or other dessert), typically made with a mixture of chocolate chips, marshmallow, and nuts

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