Word of the DayThursday, August 19, 2010
\RUHK-shuhn\ , noun;
A disturbance, quarrel, or row.
"If ever a ruction starts we haven't a chance. And we've all got our women and children to recollect. We've got to be peaceable at any price, and put up with whatever dirt is heaped on us."
-- Jack London, The Star Rover
He was forever raising a ruction. He lived a life of hard, narrow activity laid among boards, wheelbarrows, cement, stone, a life which concerned construction and had no particular joy in fruition.
-- Theodore Dreiser, The Genius
The origin of ruction is uncertain, though it possibly derives from insurrection.
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