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A.Word.A.Day--blarney

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This week's theme: toponyms coined after places in Ireland.

blarney (BLAHR-nee) noun

1. Flattery.

2. Misleading talk.

[After the Blarney stone, a stone in Blarney Castle in Blarney village, near Cork, Ireland which, according to legend, gives the gift of the gab to anyone who kisses it.]

See more usage examples of blarney in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"'[Ronan Keating] is really down to earth and cares about issues like cancer and poverty. Also, he really cares about his fans,' said Yang, who said she had met the singer and evidently fell for his blarney." Jules Quartly; Ronan Keating Shays It Bescht; Taipei Times (Taiwan); May 11, 2007.

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