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Sep 13, 2010
This week's theme
Fabled lands

This week's words
camelot
hades
never-never land
ivory tower
la-la land

Knights of the Round Table in Camelot
Knights of the Round Table in Camelot
Artwork from the Middle Ages

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

A flight of imagination can take us anywhere, whether real or fabled. This week's words describe places that exist only in people's minds. Some of these we may want to go to, some perhaps not.

These are mythical places and they are used figuratively in English. Join us for the next five days as we visit these imaginary places. No need to buy a ticket. No need to pack. All aboard, fasten your seatbelts!

Camelot

PRONUNCIATION:
(KAM-uh-lot)

MEANING:
noun: An idealized time or place, one regarded as enlightened, beautiful, and peaceful.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Camelot, the site of King Arthur's court in Arthurian legend.

NOTES:
Camelot has also become a nickname for the glamorous ambience of the time in the US when John F. Kennedy was the president (1961-1963). A musical titled Camelot, based on the Arthurian legend, was popular around the same time and the word came to be applied to the exciting time of change during Kennedy's administration.

USAGE:
"Dan Webster likes to reminisce about the good ol' days when Republicans ended the Democrats' reign of terror and turned Tallahassee into a Camelot of good government."
Scott Maxwell; Alan Grayson's GOP Challengers Slide to Right at Forum; Los Angeles Times; May 27, 2010.

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

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