Set 36 – Five New Words For Feb 5

Theme: Words derived from hand

1. manumit (man-yuh-MIT)
MEANING:
verb tr.: To free from slavery.

USAGE:
“George Washington always intended to manumit those of his slaves who were his own to free (as opposed to the ‘dower slaves’ from his wife’s estate) and he did free them in his will.”

2. chiral (KY-ruhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Not superimposable on its mirror image.

USAGE:
“She handed me chopsticks, left hand to left hand. The knot I always had inside me seemed to loosen. Her other-handedness, my true inheritance. Back in Eden’s Prairie, it had been an abnormality, an asymmetricality, like a chiral molecule, one that has the same basic structure as others, but doesn’t fit in anywhere.”

3. handsel or hansel (HAN-sel)

MEANING:
noun: 1. A gift for good luck given at the beginning of the new year or a new venture.
2. A first payment or installment.
verb tr.: 1. To give a handsel to.
2. To inaugurate or to do something for the first time.

USAGE:
“Suddenly she thrusts something at him. A small paper packet tied with string. ‘A handsel.’ she says. ‘For Miss Whyte.'”

“The School was handselled with two unique archival gifts.”

4. mano a mano (MA-no a MA-no)

MEANING:
adverb: In direct competition; head-to-head.
adjective: One-on-one; face-to-face.
noun: 1. A bullfight where two matadors compete in turn, fighting several bulls.
2. A direct or face-to-face confrontation.

USAGE:
“Today, the editorial board of The Denver Post will go mano a mano with our colleagues at The Seattle Times over which city is better.”

5. palmer (PAH-muhr)
MEANING:
noun: 1. A pilgrim.
2. An itinerant monk.
3. One who conceals a card or another object in a magic trick or in cheating in a game.

USAGE:
“For the profane palmer the tour might indeed have been little more than a grand debauch, but for a devoted pilgrim like Jefferson it was something more.”

“That was magic — not the apparent magic of the silk-hatted card-palmer, or the bold, brute trickery of the escape artist, but the genuine magic of art.”

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