Our doubts are traitors, and makes us lose the good we might oft win, by fearing to attempt. ~William Shakespeare
Question #13074 posted on 02/28/2005 3:12 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've just found a new word! Before I actually ask you my question let me explain this word. It is PROVOCITY. It comes from that big smokestack thing near campus. Someone asked one day, "What is Provocity?" Reading together the words "Provo City" which as you know are emblazened on the smokestack (if it really is a smokestack). The word, which I and some others have since begun using means something like the phrase "only in Provo" which we all hear at least occasionally. It can be used in context: "He had the provocity to propose after dating her for only two months." And "It is so provocious to have 3 dates in one Saturday." Anyway, I love this new word. Now for the long awaited question: What do you think?
- Websters Newest Edition

A: Dear WNE,

Beautiful. There are some times you want to include a harrumph at the city we live in when describing something, and can't do it without wrecking your beautifully turned phrase. Now I can. Thanks.

-Uffish Thought
A: Dear WNE,

Oooooh. I like it. A lot. I image the emphasis falling on the second syllable, as it does in "audacity."

You can bet I'm going to be using that one.

A: Dear Webster Wanna-Be,

You have my adoring vote. I'll spread it far and wide.