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  1. ricochet
    spring back; spring away from an impact
  2. clavicle
    bone linking the scapula and sternum
  3. etymology
    a history of a word
  4. equivocate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
  5. decoupage
    art produced by decorating a surface with cutouts and then coating it with several layers of varnish or lacquer
  6. dillydally
    postpone doing what one should be doing
  7. effervescent
    giving off bubbles
  8. flimflam
    fraud, swindling, or other dishonest behavior
  9. haberdashery
    a store where clothes designed for men are sold
  10. hullabaloo
    disturbance usually in protest
  11. debacle
    a sudden and complete disaster
  12. juxtapose
    place side by side
  13. lackadaisical
    idle or indolent especially in a dreamy way
  14. qualm
    uneasiness about the fitness of an action
  15. polygamy
    having more than one spouse at a time
  16. oxymoron
    conjoined contradictory terms
  17. paradigm
    a standard or typical example
  18. obfuscate
    make obscure or unclear
  19. harbinger
    something indicating the approach of something or someone
  20. humdinger
    something or someone of remarkable excellence
  21. ampersand
    a punctuation mark (&) that represents the conjunction "and"
  22. maladroit
    not quick or skillful in action or thought
  23. ambidextrous
    equally skillful with each hand
  24. smithereens
    a collection of small fragments considered as a whole
  25. persnickety
    characterized by excessive attention to trivial details
  26. snorkel
    device allowing a swimmer to breathe while face down
  27. pantaloon
    trousers worn in former times
  28. discombobulate
    cause to be confused emotionally
  29. tink
    make or emit a high sound
  30. osmosis
    diffusion of molecules through a semipermeable membrane
  31. gazebo
    a small roofed building affording shade and rest
  32. quibble
    evade the truth of a point by raising irrelevant objections
  33. lallygag
    be about
  34. tomfoolery
    silly or senseless behavior
  35. anomaly
    deviation from the normal or common order, form, or rule
  36. boondocks
    a remote and undeveloped area
  37. abyss
    a bottomless gulf or pit
  38. void
    an empty area or space
  39. amok
    wildly; without self-control
  40. huddle
    a disorganized and densely packed crowd
  41. crosswalk
    a path (often marked) where something (as a street or railroad) can be crossed to get from one side to the other
  42. midrib
    the vein in the center of a leaf
  43. parapet
    a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony
  44. skitter
    move about or proceed hurriedly
  45. rookery
    a breeding ground for gregarious birds (such as rooks)
  46. catamaran
    a sailboat with two parallel hulls held together by a deck
  47. ramshackle
    in poor or broken-down condition
  48. croquet
    a game in which players hit a ball through a series of hoops
  49. swayback
    having abnormal sagging of the spine (especially in horses)
  50. kettle
    a metal pot with a lid for stewing or boiling
  51. centerpiece
    a decoration placed in the middle of a table
  52. stammer
    speak haltingly
  53. wisteria
    any flowering vine of the genus Wisteria
  54. lapel
    a fold of fabric below the collar of a coat or jacket
  55. twig
    a small branch or division of a branch
  56. wilt
    become limp
  57. binoculars
    an optical instrument for simultaneous use by both eyes
  58. footstool
    a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person
  59. plunk
    set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
  60. leaflet
    a small book usually having a paper cover
  61. stance
    a rationalized mental attitude
  62. crawdad
    small freshwater decapod crustacean that resembles a lobster
  63. cricket
    leaping insect with long antennae
  64. tangle
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
  65. cartwheel
    a wheel that has wooden spokes and a metal rim
  66. carousel
    a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride
  67. temple
    a place of worship
  68. stipple
    engrave by means of dots and flicks
  69. meantime
    the time between one event, process, or period and another
  70. subtle
    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
  71. fluster
    cause to be nervous or upset
  72. peephole
    a hole (in a door or an oven etc) through which you can peep
  73. skywalk
    an elevated walkway between buildings (usually enclosed)
  74. raffle
    a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
  75. echoic
    like or characteristic of an echo
  76. sequence
    a following of one thing after another in time
  77. finch
    any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
  78. eavesdrop
    listen without the speaker's knowledge
  79. turmoil
    a violent disturbance
  80. spectacle
    something or someone seen, especially a notable sight
  81. tether
    restraint consisting of a rope or chain
  82. dovecote
    a birdhouse for pigeons
  83. phrenology
    study of the shape of the skull to determine character
  84. galoot
    a foolish or clumsy person
  85. poppycock
    senseless talk
  86. boycott
    refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization
  87. jaded
  88. moniker
    a familiar name for a person
  89. tiddlywinks
    a game in which players try to flip plastic disks into a cup by pressing them on the side sharply with a larger disk
  90. stymie
    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
  91. tawdry
    tastelessly showy
  92. mummery
    meaningless ceremonies and flattery
  93. serendipity
    good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries
  94. somersault
    an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head
  95. tidings
    information about recent and important events
  96. mischief
    reckless or malicious behavior causing annoyance in others
  97. curmudgeon
    an irascible, cantankerous person full of stubborn ideas
  98. rabble
    a disorderly crowd of people
  99. bevy
    a flock of birds
  100. cranny
    a small opening or crevice
  101. niche
    a small concavity
  102. roustabout
    a member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor
  103. seersucker
    a light puckered fabric that is usually striped
  104. shellac
    lac purified by heating and filtering
  105. ottoman
    a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person
  106. epiphany
    an inspiration or divine manifestation
  107. dandelion
    any of several herbs of the genus Taraxacum having long tap roots and deeply notched leaves and bright yellow flowers followed by fluffy seed balls
  108. preternatural
    existing outside of or not in accordance with nature
  109. trimester
    a period of three months
  110. sequester
    keep away from others
  111. malcontent
    dissatisfied as toward authority
Created on September 8, 2008

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