Word Of The Day Club

May 15th, 2012

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

“foursquare”

PRONUNCIATION:
(FOHR-skwair)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Firm; unyielding.
2. Frank; forthright.
3. Square in shape.

adverb:
In a firm or forthright manner.

ETYMOLOGY:
From four + square, from Latin exquadrare (to square). Earliest documented use: before 1300.

USAGE:
“China does have one strength that this country lacks: a leadership foursquare behind modern science while America’s carbon cavemen question the need for green energy.”
Froma Harrop; We’re Indebted to an Unfriendly Nation; The Dallas Morning News (Texas); Dec 22, 2010.

Explore “foursquare” in the Visual Thesaurus.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own, which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it. -Jonathan Swift, satirist (1667-1745)

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