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Learnin’ Youse Some Lettas: Peradventure.

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Share This.Peradventure (Pronounced: Per•adventure)→ Adverb.: a) perhaps, possibly. b) uncertainty or doubt as to whether something is the case.. Example: “It was some time before it cleared, but, when it did, and he knew beyond peradventure the crushing, everlasting truth, not a sound escaped him.” Example²: “It is a fact established beyond peradventure.”

Learnin’ Youse Some Lettas: Obverse.

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Share This.Obverse (Pronounced: ob•verse)→ Adjective.: a) facing the observer or opponent. b) having the base narrower than the top.

Learnin’ Youse Some Lettas: Pay Through the Nose.

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Share This.Pay Through the Nose (Pronounced: Pay•thru•the•nose)→ Verb.: a) to pay exorbitantly or dearly. Example: “If you take him up on that offer, you’ll end up paying through the nose.”

Learnin’ Youse Some Lettas: Offish.

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Share This.Offish (Pronounced: Awf•ish)→ Adjective.: a) somewhat cold and reserved b) standoffish. Example: “She was consistently surly and offish with the would-be suitors who came calling.”

Learnin’ Youse Some Lettas: Name-drop.

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Share This.Name-drop (Pronounced: Name•drop)→ Intransitive Verb.: a) the studied but seemingly casual mention of prominent persons as associates done to impress others. Example: “Then Keith proceeded to name-drop throughout the whole conversation. He’s such an ass.”

Learnin’ Youse Some Lettas: Mancipee.

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Share This.Mancipee (Pronounced: Man•sipee)→ Noun.: a) one who receives property by mancipation — opposed to mancipant. Example: “I hereby declare you the mancipee of the estate.”

Learnin- Youse Some Lettas: Lady-killing.

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Share This.Lady-killing (Pronounced: Laydee•killing)→ Noun.: a) the activities or arts of a lady-killer. Example: “You know him, about town honing his lady-killing.”

Learnin’ Youse Some Lettas: Know-why.

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Share This.Know-why (Pronounced: No•why)→ Noun.: a) understanding of the reasons underlying something (as a course of action) Example: “Our frontier past and our industrialized present both incline us toward a preoccupation with technique, with know-how rather than know-why.”

Learnin’ Youse Some Lettas: Inattentively.

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Share This.Inattentively (Pronounced: In•uh•tentive•lee)→ Adjective.: a) not attentive : not paying attention. Example: “He spent his time inattentively wandering around campus.”

Learnin’ Youse Some Lettas: Jackanapes.

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Share This.Jackanapes (Pronounced: Jack•a•napes)→ Noun.: a) monkeys or apes. b) an impudent or conceited fellow. c) a saucy or mischievous child. Example: “Then this lady and her three jackanapes came into store causing a ruckus.”