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Posted on: June 2, 2009

\MAY-lay\ | noun

1 : a confused struggle; especially : a hand-to-hand fight among several people

I love this word. It sounds so refined yet it defines something with no refinement at all. And wouldn’t you rather be in a melee than a brawl? It makes you think you were having some kind of classy fight. Although, I wouldn’t mind having a brouhaha or a skirmish. And a tussle wouldn’t be too bad either.

Someone has named their band Melee, which is just plain silly. A pop group called Melee makes no sense whatsoever. (Don’t be fooled by the URL of the site. Melee most definitely doesn’t rock.)

Sand castle virtues are all swept away, in the tidal destruction, the moral melee.

Jethro Tull! Now Jethro Tull most definitely does rock. Ian Anderson made it cool to be a flute player. And I never knew he was Scottish; now I want to hear him talk.
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With air hopefully free of smoke.

© Plenz; please click for original image

Today is World No Tobacco Day, and this year’s theme is “Tobacco Health Warnings”. If cigarette packs really looked like the one in that picture I think people would have to think twice about continuing to smoke.
More smoke, no mirrors

\ahb-NOO-buh-layt\ | verb

1 : becloud, obscure

This is one of those words that sounds like what it means. Possibly because it reminds me of obfuscate. Whatever, it’s a nice word to add to one’s vocabulary. Although I think you’d probably sound a bit pretentious if you used it in daily speech. Or as World Wide Words says, ponderous.

It makes perfect sense that one of the links is to an article about a spelling bee, because let’s be honest. As nice as it is to now know this word exists, the only place you should regularly see it would be at a spelling bee.
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