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Amicable

After a high-profile couple announced their separation ...


When:

Lookups on Merriam-Webster.com spiked on May 10, 2011.

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Why:

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced that they were "amicably separating" after 25 years of marriage.

Amicable means "showing a polite and friendly desire to avoid disagreement and argument."

The word traces back to the Latin amicus, meaning "friend."



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