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This week's theme: slang/informal terms.

goombah (GOOM-bah) noun

1. Friend, accomplice, or crony.

2. Godfather or mentor.

3. Gangster or Mafioso.

[Dialectal pronunciation of Italian compa, a clipping of compare (godfather, friend, or accomplice), from Latin compater, from com- (with) + pater (father).]

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"It was his goombahs. It's the first rule in the underworld: It is not your enemies you have to worry about, it's your friends." Boston's Mobsters a Dysfunctional Family; Boston Globe; Jan 11, 1995.

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At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone. -Jean de la Bruyere, essayist and moralist (1645-1696)

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