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DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?

"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
Question 1 of 10
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Origin of nix

1
1780–90; < German: variant of nichts nothing
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British Dictionary definitions for nixing (1 of 2)

nix1
/ (nɪks) US and Canadian informal /

sentence substitute

another word for no 1 (def. 1)
be careful! watch out!

noun

a rejection or refusal
nothing at all

verb

(tr) to veto, deny, reject, or forbid (plans, suggestions, etc)

Word Origin for nix

C18: from German, colloquial form of nichts nothing

British Dictionary definitions for nixing (2 of 2)

nix2
/ (nɪks) /

noun

German myth a male water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans

Word Origin for nix

C19: from German Nixe nymph or water spirit, from Old High German nihhus; related to Old English nicor sea monster
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