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21 Days to a Bigger Vocabulary - Day 13

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Thursday, 31 January 2008

matutinal and matutolypea

pronunciation:  muh-too-tin-uhl and muh-too-toe-lie-pee-ah

Definition:  Matutinal means of, or occuring in, the morning.  Matutolypea is ill-humor upon waking in the morning, more commonly referred to as "getting up on the wrong side of the bed."  Both words are derived from the word Matuta, or Mater Matuta, the Greek goddess of dawn.  The Greek word lype means grief or sorrow.

Personal application:  Ideally, a devotional, math and grammar comprise our matutinal lessons.  However, over the past couple of weeks, my boys' late-night adventures in reading have resulted in chronic matutolypea at the sound of their morning alarm.

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