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Nov 4, 2011
This week's theme
Fabric words used metaphorically

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chintzy
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dirty linen
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crapehanger

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with Anu Garg

crapehanger or crepehanger

PRONUNCIATION:
(KRAYP-hang-guhr)

MEANING:
noun: A gloomy person; a pessimist.

ETYMOLOGY:
A crapehanger was one who hung up black bands of crape as a symbol of mourning. The word is from English crepe/crape, from French crepe, from Latin crispus (curled or wrinkled). Earliest documented use: 1921.

USAGE:
"'I don't mean to sound like a crapehanger, because I am an optimist by nature,' said Thomas Emmel."
William Mullen; Scientists Try for Butterfly Breakthrough; Chicago Tribune; Sep 3, 2002.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end. -Sid Caesar, actor and writer (b. 1922)

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