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  • The Buzzword of the Day for 08/29/2016 is:lily-livered (adjective) \LILL-ee-LIV-erd\ What does it mean? : lacking courage : cowardlyHow do you use it? "All right, you lily-livered varmint," yelled the sheriff, "come out of there with your hands up!" Are you a word wiz? "Lily-livered" sure is a strange-looking word. Why do you think cowardly folks came to be called "lily-livered"? A. because doctors once thought cowards' livers were white like lilies B. because people once believed the smell of lilies made the liver weak C. because cowards once surrendered by throwing lilies from their hiding place D. because liver mixed with lilies was once a popular dish Check your answer on Word Central.

 

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