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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 21, 2019 is: pungle \PUNG-gul\ verb 1 : to make a payment or contribution of (money) — usually used with up 2 : [pay](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pay), [contribute](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contribute) — usually used with up Examples: Residents have been pungling up to send their little league team to the national championship; donations can be made via credit card or PayPal on the town’s Sports and Recreation website. "In December 1849, Coffin formed Coffin & Co. and contracted with a New York builder for a … side-wheel steamer to [ply](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ply) the waters between Portland and San Francisco. When he and his partners failed to pungle up the final payment, however, the vessel was sold." — John Terry, The Sunday Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 19 Aug. 2007 Did you know? Pungle is from the Spanish word póngale, meaning "put it down," which itself is from the verb poner, meaning "to put" or "to place," and, more specifically, "to wager" or "to bet." The earliest uses of pungle are from the mid-1800s and are in reference to anteing up in games of chance. It did not take long for the word to be used in other contexts. We find it, for example, in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) when Huck's father says: "I'll make [Judge Thatcher] pungle, too, or I'll know the reason why." Nowadays, pungle is mainly used in the western part of the United States.

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remittance

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 20, 2019 is: remittance \rih-MIT-unss\ noun 1 a : a sum of money [remitted](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remitted) b : an instrument by which money is remitted 2 : transmittal of money (as to a distant place) Examples: "PayPal has everything it needs to send money to friends or family or to pay bills, even across borders. Its acquisition of Xoom in 2015 gave it a strong position in digital remittance." — Adam Levy, The Motley Fool, 14 Dec. 2018 "Kit … knew that his old home was a very poor place…, and often [indited](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indite) square-folded letters to his mother, enclosing a shilling or eighteenpence or such other small remittance, which Mr Abel's liberality enabled him to make." — Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, 1841 Did you know? Since the 14th century, the verb [remit](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remit) has afforded a variety of meanings, including "to lay ...

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coin of the realm

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 19, 2019 is: coin of the realm \KOYN-uv-thuh-RELM\ noun phrase 1 : the legal money of a country 2 : something valued or used as if it were money in a particular sphere Examples: The coin of the realm changes from one country to the next, so travelers may turn to digital transactions through services like PayPal. "The 'game' is to see who ultimately will rule from the Iron Throne. This addictive game often plays out like a suspenseful succession of high-stakes chess moves…. There are kings and queens, knights and pawns maneuvering for position, forming strategic alliances on these fictional continents where danger, duplicity, deception and deceit are the coin of the realm." — Mark Dawidziak, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 14 Apr. 2019 Did you know? Coin of the realm gained currency in the English language during the 18th century as a term for the legal money of a country. [Coin](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coin) is ultim...

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pungle

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 21, 2019 is: pungle \PUNG-gul\ verb 1 : to make a payment or contribution of (money) — usually used with up 2 : [pay](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pay), [contribute](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contribute) — usually used with up Examples: Residents have been pungling up to send their little league team to the national championship; donations can be made via credit card or PayPal on the town’s Sports and Recreation website. "In December 1849, Coffin formed Coffin & Co. and contracted with a New York builder for a … side-wheel steamer to [ply](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ply) the waters between Portland and San Francisco. When he and his partners failed to pungle up the final payment, however, the vessel was sold." — John Terry, The Sunday Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 19 Aug. 2007 Did you know? Pungle is from the Spanish word póngale, meaning "put it down," which itself is from the verb poner, meaning "to put" or "to place," and, more specifically, "to wager" or "to bet." The earliest uses of pungle are from the mid-1800s and are in reference to anteing up in games of chance. It did not take long for the word to be used in other contexts. We find it, for example, in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) when Huck's father says: "I'll make [Judge Thatcher] pungle, too, or I'll know the reason why." Nowadays, pungle is mainly used in the western part of the United States.

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remittance

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 20, 2019 is: remittance \rih-MIT-unss\ noun 1 a : a sum of money [remitted](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remitted) b : an instrument by which money is remitted 2 : transmittal of money (as to a distant place) Examples: "PayPal has everything it needs to send money to friends or family or to pay bills, even across borders. Its acquisition of Xoom in 2015 gave it a strong position in digital remittance." — Adam Levy, The Motley Fool, 14 Dec. 2018 "Kit … knew that his old home was a very poor place…, and often [indited](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indite) square-folded letters to his mother, enclosing a shilling or eighteenpence or such other small remittance, which Mr Abel's liberality enabled him to make." — Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, 1841 Did you know? Since the 14th century, the verb [remit](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remit) has afforded a variety of meanings, including "to lay ...

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coin of the realm

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 19, 2019 is: coin of the realm \KOYN-uv-thuh-RELM\ noun phrase 1 : the legal money of a country 2 : something valued or used as if it were money in a particular sphere Examples: The coin of the realm changes from one country to the next, so travelers may turn to digital transactions through services like PayPal. "The 'game' is to see who ultimately will rule from the Iron Throne. This addictive game often plays out like a suspenseful succession of high-stakes chess moves…. There are kings and queens, knights and pawns maneuvering for position, forming strategic alliances on these fictional continents where danger, duplicity, deception and deceit are the coin of the realm." — Mark Dawidziak, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 14 Apr. 2019 Did you know? Coin of the realm gained currency in the English language during the 18th century as a term for the legal money of a country. [Coin](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coin) is ultim...

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