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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
PRONUNCIATION:(shiv-uh-REE, SHIV-uh-ree, shuh-riv-uh-REE)
1. A noisy, mock serenade to a newly married couple, involving the banging of kettles, pots, and pans.
2. A confused, noisy spectacle.
ETYMOLOGY:From French charivari (hullabaloo), perhaps from Latin caribaria (headache), from Greek karebaria, from kare/kara (head) + barys (heavy). Earliest documented use: 1735.
Also spelled as chivaree, chivari, and shivaree.
USAGE:"To the people, the charivari of Westminster politics didn't much matter."
Polly Toynbee and David Walker; Dear New Leader; The Guardian (London, UK); Sep 27, 2010.
"Vivid performances abound in Bartholomew fair, making it essentially an extended charivari of colourful characters, with several thin threads of plot."
Pat Donnelly; Fair is Anything But Pastoral; Montreal Gazette (Canada); Jul 4, 2009.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do. -John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)
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