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The Quandary for today, Monday, September 26, 2016, consists of:
  • henchman
  • dissensus
  • tantivy
  • bon mot
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

A supporter or subordinate, especially one who engages in illegal activities for a powerful boss or criminal.
  1. Disagreement, especially when widespread.
    The first general election debate of the 2016 United States presidential election, takes place today.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 26, 2016 is:

tantivy • \tan-TIV-ee\  • adverb

: at a gallop

Examples:

The horse rushed tantivy over the dirt roads that wound through the fields and pastures.

"Thus it came about that Denby and his man, riding tantivy to the rescue, met the raiders two miles down the trail…." — Francis Lynde, The Helpers, 1899

Did you know?

Tantivy is an adverb as well as a noun that refers to a rapid gallop. Although its precise origin isn’t known, one theory has it that tantivy represents the sound of a galloping horse’s hooves. The noun does double duty as a word meaning "the blare of a trumpet or horn." This is probably due to confusion with tantara, a word for the sound of a trumpet that came about as an imitation of that sound. Both tantivy and tantara were used during foxhunts; in the heat of the chase, people may have jumbled the two.



bon mot: a witty remark or comment; clever saying; witticism.

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