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A.Word.A.Day--dornick

Pronunciation Sound Clip

This week's theme: Words borrowed from Irish.

dornick (DOR-nik) noun

1. A piece of rock small enough to throw.
[From Irish dornog (small stone, literally fistful).]

2. Stout linen.
[After Doornik, the name of a Flemish town where the cloth was first manufactured.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"The Winter Olympics have ended without anyone's drawing a knife and without anyone's tossing a dornick at Avery Brundage's balding pate."
Arthur Daley; Olympic Afterthoughts; The New York Times; Feb 10, 1948.

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