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A.Word.A.Day--feuilleton

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feuilleton (FOI-i-ton) noun

1. The part of a European newspaper devoted to light literature, criticism, and the like; also something printed in this section.

2. A novel published in installments.

3. A short literary piece

[From French, from feuillet (sheet of paper), diminutive of feuille (leaf), from Old French foille, from Latin folium (leaf). Ultimately from Indo-European root bhel- (to thrive or bloom) that gave us other descendants as flower, bleed, bless, foliage, blossom, and blade.]

"Finally, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung offers tongue-in-cheek reading of the situation on the front page of its feuilleton section, saying, 'Germany is a world champion -- at least in exporting goods. We even offer up our students to study abroad, especially when they are talented.'" Germans Stew Over Joblessness; Der Spiegel (Hamburg, Germany) Mar 15, 2005.

"And for more than a decade now, in a supreme triumph of feuilleton journalism, The New Republic has left its readers in weekly agonies of suspense over whether next week's episode will recount precisely such a leap, finally and irrevocably, to the monarchist cause." Paul Berman; Canned Heat; The New Republic (Washington, DC); Nov 23, 1992.

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