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Word of the Day: Exigency

Just like the developing situation in North Korea, today's word demands immediate attention.
exigency(EK-suh-jun-see) noun. 1. The quality or state of requiring immediate aid or action; urgency. 2. A case demanding immediate action or remedy; a pressing or urgent situation. 3. That which is demanded or required in a particular situation -- usually used in the plural.
Exigency comes from Medieval Latin exigentia, from the present participle of Latin exigere, to drive out, to force out, to exact, to demand, from ex-, out of + agere, to drive. The adjective form is exigent.

Late afternoon usually finds the "C&C" staff frantically facing exigencies in the search for a Word of the Day.