5 English Words That Begin With “UG” … “GU”
July 27, 2016 1:45pm CST
Previous post: 5 English Words That Begin With “OF” … “OF” This was tricky. The “GU” words were easy enough. But finding “UG” I did not already know was next to impossible. Doing the “GU” words first. guano – deposits from droppings of sea birds, valuable as fertilizer, rich in nitrogen and phosphates; found especially on islands off the coast of Peru guff – empty talk, either foolish or with intent to deceive gunwale – bulwarks (defensive wall or ramparts) supporting a ship's guns (Many American citizens sing the National Anthem. Wonder how many know what the “ramparts” are. I didn't!) gusset - a triangular piece of cloth inserted so as to widen or strengthen a garment; a reinforcing device gustatory – pertaining to the act of tasting or sense of taste * * * Could not find a word beginning with “UG” that I did not already know, so I'm concluding my series with an expression that a friend and fellow co-worker taught me. He cautioned me not to behave in this manner if I ever traveled outside of the United States. ugly American – an American abroad who does not appreciate the culture of the natives. The label was lifted from the title of a book jointly authored by Eugene Burdick (1918 – 1965) and William Lederer (1912 – 2009), “The Ugly American”. Interesting link: "Still 'Ugly' After All These Years | Sunday Book Review | New York Times nytimes.com/2009/07/12/books/review/Meyer-t.html Hope you liked this vocabulary word series. I am so ready for my next Scrabble game!
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