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Ruined word of the day: Fungible. Ex: “ISTEA funding is flexible – almost fungible – encouraging a multi-modal approach to planning.”

Oxford American Dictionary: (adjective/Law) able to replace or be replaced by another identical item; mutually interchangeable: money is fungible—money that is raised for one purpose can easily be used for another.
DERIVATIVES fungibility ORIGIN late 17th cent.: from medieval Latin fungibilis, from fungi ‘perform, enjoy,’ with the same sense as fungi vice ‘serve in place of.’

Much more intrigued by the idea that mushrooms are linked with performance and enjoyment, and truly hope that there is a Manga character out there somewhere with a floppy hat whose English name is “Fungi Vice.”

Also up for the introduction of “fun giblets” at the holidays.

What’s your Ruined Word of the Day?



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