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Today's Words: Capriole, Spondulicks and Ad nauseam

Capriole (kap-ree-ohl) Noun a caper or leap. More about Capriole First recorded around 1570–80. Comes from Middle French via the Italian word Capriola, which is the noun derivative of capriolare, “to leap, caper.” Capriolare is derived from the Latin word capreolus, equivalent to capre(a), “roe deer.” Examples of Capriole Watching the young deer execute a playful capriole in the meadow brought a smile to my face. The acrobat soared through the air with a graceful capriole before landing flawlessly on the platform. Spondulicks (spon-doo-liks)Noun money; cash More about Spondulicks An Americanism dating back to 1855–60. Of uncertain origin. Sometimes spelled spondulix. Examples of Spondulicks The young entrepreneur was determined to turn her innovative idea into spondulicks for her growing business. In the old Western movies, bandits would often demand a hefty sum of spondulicks in exchange for hostages. Ad nauseam (ad naw-zee-uhm) Adverb to a sickening or disgusting degree. More about A