8/25 … attenuate: [v: uh–ten-yoo-eyt]
To reduce in force or weaken; to make thin; to make less virulent; to decrease the amplitude of.
9/1 … assassinate: [v: uh–sas–uh-neyt]
To murder suddenly or secretively, in particular, a politically prominent person.
Seems like a rather odd word of the week, doesn’t it? Let me explain where we came up with this one. My husband and I were discussing the subject of assassination, and I curiously asked, “What’s the difference between assassination and murder?” Of course, I know that the murder of a political figure, as well as a murder for hire, are typically referred to as assassinations. I just didn’t know if that was the actual difference. Turns out, that’s all there is to it!