Good morning! It’s so nice to start the week after having such a wonderful weekend – it throws a little extra life into the new day. Speaking of new life; you know the feeling of seeing a teacher, a doctor, maybe even your boss, outside of the environment in which you’re used to seeing them? Well that same feeling may be experience with this week’s five words: “You are likely familiar with them, except they appear in a different form.” Have a great week!

chicane (shi-KAYN)

verb transitive: to trick or deceive
noun: 1. deception
2. an artificial narrowing or a turn added to a road to slow traffic down

From French chicaner (to quibble). Earliest documented use: 1672

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“I was totally bamboozled; I was chicaned.”
David James Duncan; The River Why; Sierra Club Books; 1983.

“He rounded the chicane to see another car slowing down.”
Anthony Hulse; The Club; Lulu; 2014.

derogate (DER-uh-gayt)

verb transitive: to disparage or belittle
verb intransitive: 1. to detract from (authority, value, etc.)
2. To deviate from (a standard, for example)

From Latin derogare (to repeal), from de- (from) + rogare (to ask, propose a law). Ultimately from the Indo-European root reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead or rule), which is also the source of regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, surge, abrogate, and queen regnant. Earliest documented use: 1513

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“We could all, in perfect simplicity, derogate the government, loathe the police, and get wasted with impunity.”
Lynn Crosbie; Disappointed in the Man I Once Revered; The Globe and Mail (Canada); Feb 26, 2005.

“Joe Perici Calascione insisted that Malta can derogate from the EU’s trapping ban.”
Tim Diacono; Hunters’ Boss Claims Malta Can Win EU Court Battle for Bird Trapping; Malta Today (San Gwann, Malta); Sep 23, 2015.

ludic (LOO-dik)

adjective: relating to play; playful

From French ludique, from Latin ludere (to play), from ludus (play). Ultimately from Indo-European root leid- (to play), which is also the ancestor of allude, collude, delude, elude, illusion, ludicrous, and Ludo. Earliest documented use: 1940

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“A couple of comments bore particular appeal, to my academic as well as ludic sense.”
Alfred A. Yuson; Double Whammy; The Philippine Star (Manila); Apr 18, 2011.

altercate (AL-tuhr-kayt)

verb intransitive: argue or dispute heatedly

From Latin altercari (to quarrel with another), from alter (other). Earliest documented use: 1530

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Been altercating forever. What I got to do is make sure neither of them wins.”
Mike Ashley; The Mammoth Book of Sorceror’s Tales; Constable & Robinson; 2004.

complot (KOM-plot, for verb: kuhm-PLOT)

noun: a plot or conspiracy
verb transitive, intransitive:to plot or conspire

From French complot (crowd, plot). Earliest documented use: 1577

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“The complot is obvious. It’s only a matter of smelling out details.”
Lee Williams; Author of Destiny; Livingston Press; 2002.

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