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    The Buzzword of the Day for 04/30/2016 is:

    distress (noun)


    What does it mean?

    1 : great suffering of body or mind : pain, anguish
    2 : a painful situation : misfortune
    3 : a condition of danger or desperate need

    How do you use it?

    In Herman Melville's novel _Moby Dick_, the massive white whale causes Captain Ahab a great deal of distress, including the loss of both his boat and his leg, for which Ahab seeks revenge.

    Are you a word wiz?

    In the example sentence, we could have used another word in place of "distress." We've listed three possibilities, and one just plain wrong answer. Can you pick out the one word that is NOT a synonym of "distress"?

    A. agony
    B. placidity
    C. misery
    D. suffering
    Check your answer on Word Central.

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