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Today’s words are from Home in the Morning by Mary Glickman

virago – “Stella was a trial of a woman, a virago of passionate pursuits who regularly forgot him.”

Virago means a loud, ill-tempered, scolding woman; a shrew.~from dictionary.com

manque – “My dear white Southern gentleman manque.”

Manque means having failed, missed, or fallen short, esp. due to circumstance or defect of character; unsuccessful, unfulfilled, or frustrated.~from dictionary.com

appellation– “Bella and Hannah were the architects of the Anglicization of the name Sassaporta, an appellation the locals had trouble with as they were not familiar with Savannah folk with the venerable names of the volonial shipping, making two syllables of the “port” and dropping the “a” altogether,…….”

Appellation is a name, title, or designation.~from dictionary.com

balabustas – “At the insistence of these two balabustas, Sassaporta’s Dry Goods became Sassaport Clothiers, Yakov became Jack, and Yosel became Joe.”

Balabusta is a Yiddish word for a woman who is a  great homemaker, wife, mother-she is also a woman of valor, and a motivator.~from balabusta.com