[ kawz, kuhz, unstressed kuh z ]
/ kɔz, kʌz, unstressed kəz /
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Why Bluster Is Dictionary’s 2012 Word Of The YearYou may recall that last year we selected a rare word, a tongue-twister of sorts, as the 2011 Word of the Year: tergiversate which means “to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.” Rather than pick a word that rose to prominence through common usage during the year (like Occupy or Arab Spring), we selected a word hidden …
Origin of 'cause
1400–50; late Middle English; aphetic variant
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