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A.Word.A.Day--la-di-da

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la-di-da (LAH-dee-DAH) adjective

Affectedly refined; pretentious.

[Imitative of affected pronunciation.]

"What you look for in a greasy spoon is not cookery. There is nothing la-di-da on the premises. The food is plain; that's the deal. The menu is unchanging. But in Manhattan, where you are assaulted hourly by unhinged ingenuity, especially in eating places, plainness becomes an attraction." Judith Dunford, The Greasy Spoon Loses the Grease and Gains a Certain Distinction, The New York Times, Jun 22, 2001.

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