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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 1st July 2022
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slake (verb) SLAYK

Quench, satisfy a desire for something- especially a drink.

The editorial is headlined "New dam needed to slake Sydney's thirst", and states:
Sydney's water problems looked bad enough even before yesterday's report from the state auditor-general: a shortfall of 200 gigalitres, or a third of current consumption, by 2030.

Rev. Fred Nile, New South Wales Hansard, 5 May 2005. NSW Hansard

It was for this reason that the marquis as he made his rounds always kept at least one of his drooping eyelids half open, and he was no longer at all particular as to where he could slake a passion that was both dull and violent at the same time.

Hervey Allen, Anthony Adverse (volume 3). Amazon

Thematically linked to La Marseillaise, in which the "children of the fatherland" are strongly encouraged to "slake" the "thirsting furrows of their fields" with "impure" blood, the more decorous Don't Cry for Me, Argentina counsels the peons of the pampas to avoid shedding tears for Mrs Peron, as no tears are required.

Joe Queenan, Guardian Unlimited, 7 October 2007. Guardian Unlimited

Forensic data analysis is a crucial part of any fraud investigation, whether the fraud be embezzlement or adultery, but neither amateurs nor professionals should conduct such inquiries merely to slake a suspicion.

James E. Mulvaney, in a letter to the New York Times, published on 13 September 2006. New York Times

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