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6.01.2004

Anyone up for imbibiting? 

Due to countless requests (if you can't count to one), here is the next Nate-Saw-A-Word-That-Was-Kinda-Funny post. This one isn't as good, but "maffick" is tough to follow. Enjoy. (And maybe you've all heard this word, but I haven't, so no "you dumb ass, you haven't heard of imbibition??" yes, lily, that means you.)

The Word of the Day for June 1 is:

imbibition • \im-buh-BIH-shun\ • noun
*1 : the act or action of drinking
2 : the act or action of taking in or up : absorption

Example sentence:
While planning their party, Nick asked Nate, "Will there be imbibition of alcohol at our party?" Realizing the foolishness of the question, mafficking soon followed.

Did you know?
Joseph Thomas James Hewlett was a 19th-century English curate and schoolmaster who supplemented his insufficient income by writing novels. In Parsons and Widows, in which the author disguises himself as "the Curate of Mosbury," Hewlett provided us with the first known use of "imbibition" to refer to a person’s drinking, in the phrase "imbibition of a little strong beer." Until then, "imbibition" had been used scientifically to refer to various processes of soaking and absorption, or figuratively, to the taking in of knowledge. (The word is still used scientifically today to refer to the taking up of fluid.) All senses of "imbibition" are based on Latin "imbibere," a verb whose meaning "to drink in" includes absorption of liquids, consuming drink, and appropriating ideas.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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