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A.Word.A.Day--fescennine

Pronunciation Sound Clip

This week's theme: Toponyms.

fescennine (FES-uh-nyn, -nin) adjective

Obscene or scurrilous.

[After Fescennia, a town of ancient Etruria known for its ribald and scurrilous songs sung at festivals and weddings.]

"And while they're online, you can tap into another computer and view their fescennine photos, which are supposedly updated every six minutes."
Joshua Quittner; Vice Raid on the Net; Time (New York); Apr 3, 1995.

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