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The Quandary for today, Saturday, March 23, 2019, consists of:
  • conscientious
  • bulldog clip
  • reverberate
  • old sod, n.
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

adjective: 1. Meticulous or painstaking. 2. Following one’s conscience; scrupulous.
  1. A binder clip with rigid handles.
  2. (surgery) A surgical instrument with serrated jaws and a spring-loaded handle used to grip blood vessels or similar organs.

Today is celebrated as National Puppy Day in the United States. The commemoration was founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige to celebrate the relationship between young dogs and humans, and to promote adoption of orphaned puppies and highlight the cruelty of puppy mills.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for March 23, 2019 is:

reverberate • \rih-VER-buh-rayt\  • verb

1 : to reflect or become reflected

2 : to repel or become driven back

3 : to continue in or as if in a series of echoes : resound


"Inmates’ relatives began protesting outside the jail. Inmates responded by banging on the inside of their windows, the clangs and thuds reverberating in the street below." — Jon Schuppe, NBCNews.com, 5 Feb. 2019

"The hiring went off like a sonic boom in Hollywood, reverberating to the highest levels of rival studios." — Brooks Barnes, The New York Times, 17 Feb. 2019

Did you know?

The letter sequence "v-e-r-b" in reverberate might make you think at first of such word-related brethren as proverb, verbal, and verbose, all of which derive from the Latin noun verbum, meaning "word." In fact, reverberate comes from a much different source: the Latin verb verberare, meaning "to whip, beat, or lash," which is related to the noun verber, meaning "rod." Reverberate entered the English language in the 15th century, and one of its early meanings was "to beat, drive, or cast back." By the early 1600s, it began to appear in contexts associated with sound that repeats or returns the way an echo does.

OED Word of the Day on St. Patrick’s Day: old sod, n. One’s country of origin; spec. Ireland

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