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May 22, 2019
This week’s theme
Tosspot words borrowed from other languages

This week’s words
amuse-gueule
skitterbrook
cache-sexe
scaldabanco
gainpain

cache-sexe
Fig leaf, the original cache-sexe
Adam en Eva by Jan van Scorel, 1527

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cache-sexe

PRONUNCIATION:
(KASH-seks)

MEANING:
noun: A small garment to cover the genitals.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French cache-sexe (literally, hides sex), from cacher (to hide) + sexe (genitals, sex). Earliest documented use: 1926.

USAGE:
“She oscillated listlessly in nothing but a spangled brassiere and a sequin-covered cache-sexe the shape of a heart.”
Peter Ustinov; Loser; Heinemann; 1961.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I should dearly love that the world should be ever so little better for my presence. Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one's weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, peace, and kindliness to man and beast. We can't all strike very big blows, and even the little ones count for something. -Arthur Conan Doyle, physician and writer (22 May 1859-1930)

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