Word of the Day: Oppugn | Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day : August 17, 2017



verb uh-PYOON


1 : to fight against

2 : to call in question

Did You Know?

Oppugn was first recorded in English in the 15th century. It came to Middle English from the Latin verb oppugnare, which in turn derived from the combination of ob-, meaning “against,” and pugnare, meaning “to fight.” Pugnare itself is descended from the same ancient word that gave Latin the word pugnus, meaning “fist.” It’s no surprise, then, that oppugn was adopted into English to refer to fighting against something or someone, either physically (as in “the dictatorship will oppugn all who oppose it”) or verbally (as in “oppugn an argument”). Other descendants of pugnare in English include the equally aggressive pugnaciousimpugnrepugnant, and the rare inexpugnable(“incapable of being subdued or overthrown”).


Quote of the day ~ GoodReads / shared 

“Why should you believe your eyes? You were given eyes to see with, not to believe with. Your eyes can see the mirage, the hallucination as easily as the actual scenery.” 

 Ward Moore, Bring the Jubilee

About this quote:

Ward Moore (born August 10, 1903) rarely wrote science fiction, but his 1953 novel Bring the Jubilee is considered one of the definitive works of alternate history. It tells the story of Hodge Backmaker, a historian (and time traveler) living in a world where the South won the American Civil War. 

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Quote of the day – GoodReads 

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” 

― George R.R. Martin

About this quote:

August 6, 1996: A Game of Thrones was first published 21 years ago today. George R.R. Martin wrote the landmark fantasy novel (as well as its sequels) on a thirty-year-old PC using a rather ancient WordStar 4.0 word processor. He owns a separate computer for checking his email. 

Word of the Day: Chthonic | Merriam-Webster ** editorial/shared 

Cool word… Love Greek; wish I could read it.

Word of the Day : August 6, 2017



adjective THAH-nik


: of or relating to the underworld :infernal

Did You Know?

Chthonic might seem a lofty and learned word, but it’s actually pretty down-to-earth in its origin and meaning. It comes from chthōn, which means “earth” in Greek, and it is associated with things that dwell in or under the earth. It is most commonly used in discussions of mythology, particularly underworld mythology. Hades and Persephone, who reign over the underworld in Greek mythology, might be called “chthonic deities,” for example. Chthonic has broader applications, too. It can be used to describe something that resembles a mythological underworld (e.g., “chthonic darkness”), and it is sometimes used to describe earthly or natural things (as opposed to those that are elevated or celestial).


Has marijuana prohibition affected you? ** essay/shared 

To whom it may concern, 

I am a Lyme, Fibromyalgia, CFS, Hashimoto’s, CIDP, and more others, patient. Along with chronic pain,  I have daily headaches and migraines. Because I do not fit into New Jersey’s rigid medical marijuana guidelines, I have no alternative but to use legal prescription opiods, pain killers, migraine medication, and muscle relaxers, on a daily basis. Also, because I don’t drive and my current financial situation, even if i was eligible, I have no way to get to a dispensery, or the means to pay. 

As a Medicare patient, medical marijuana should be available as a prescription by any doctor who can prescribe opiods, should be easily accessible to the disabled, and covered under prescription pharmacy plans.

Or, follow the Colorado model and make it available to all, taxing and keeping quality control in place. The increase in taxes can be used for education at all levels. 

Very sincerely, 

Leigh Mann 

Disabled since 2009

Share your story with us.

Drug Policy Alliance

Just a couple months ago, we launched our campaign to legalize marijuana in New Jersey to ensure it’s fair and equitable and does not continue the harms of marijuana prohibition. 

There are severe long-term consequences for New Jerseysans who’ve experienced a marijuana arrest or conviction including making it more difficult to get a job, housing, student loans or even a driver’s license! And marijuana laws have been used to support biased policies like stop and frisk, racial profiling and the deportation of people of color. 

Right now we’re collecting stories from New Jerseyans who’ve been personally affected. If you or someone you know has been negatively impacted by marijuana prohibition, please share your story by emailing Meagan Glaser at mglaser@drugpolicy.org or call our office at 609-396-8613 (we can guarantee anonymity if necessary). 

Our New Solutions Marijuana Reform Campaign is looking to highlight these struggles in our advocacy. Legislators need to hear stories from their constituents to help them understand how harmful our current marijuana laws are and the importance of legalizing marijuana in a fair and equitable way that works to repair these past harms.

In an effort to collect as many personal stories as possible so we can have the biggest impact, please be sure to forward this message to other New Jerseyans you think may be directly affected and interested in sharing the challenges they faced due to a marijuana arrest and/or conviction. 

With your help and stories, I’m confident we can show lawmakers how much damage prohibition has done and end it by legalizing marijuana in New Jersey. 


Roseanne Scotti
Director, New Jersey
Drug Policy Alliance

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