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Mar 6, 2012
This week's theme
Slang

This week's words
phat
goo-goo
props
glom
shambolic

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goo-goo

PRONUNCIATION:
(goo-goo)

MEANING:
adjective: Amorous.
noun: A naive advocate of a political reform.

ETYMOLOGY:
For adjective: Perhaps from goggle (to stare with bulging eyes). Earliest documented use: 1900.
For noun: Shortening of "good government". Earliest documented use: 1912.

USAGE:
"Of course former rivals morph into allies all the time. John McCain now makes goo-goo eyes at Romney."
Frank Bruni; Embracing the Pretzel; The New York Times; Jan 16, 2012.

"His once frequent talk of changing Washington helped create the impression that Obama was a goo-goo, a dreamer, when he is in fact more of a realist than a radical."
Jon Meacham; What Happened to Obama's Armageddon?; Newsweek (New York); May 14, 2010.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When you see a man led to prison say in your heart, "Mayhap he is escaping from a narrower prison." And when you see a man drunken say in your heart, "Mayhap he sought escape from something still more unbeautiful." -Kahlil Gibran, poet and artist (1883-1931)

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