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A.Word.A.Day--dernier cri

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dernier cri (DERN-yay KREE) noun

The latest fashion.

[From French, literally, last cry.]

"The retro lineup of vegetables which came with our mains ... was good, bringing back memories of going round to the neighbour's for dinner in the days when the microwave was still a novelty and cheesy veges were the dernier cri in suburban chic."
Eleanor Black; Gumdiggers, Birkenhead; The New Zealand Herald (Auckland, NZ); Feb 14, 2004.

"Open any British gossip magazine, fashion supplement or tabloid and you will find ... the pages are saturated with the dernier cri in baby spa merchandise."
Ellen Himelfarb; A Hip-hop Mom's Playstation; National Post (Canada); Dec 13, 2003.

This week's theme: words from French.

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Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)

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