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Mar 11, 2014
This week's theme
20-letter words

This week's words
polyphiloprogenitive
Little Lord Fauntleroy
anthropomorphization
silk-stocking district
secret of Polichinelle

Little Lord Fauntleroy
Little Lord Fauntleroy with his mom in the 1936 eponymous film
Photo: Wikimedia

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Little Lord Fauntleroy

PRONUNCIATION:
(lit-l lord FONT-luh-roi)

MEANING:
noun: An innocent child; also a very polite and well-dressed child.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885). Earliest documented use: 1942.

USAGE:
"As for you in the back, Little Lord Fauntleroy, get used to it, to the real world. And maybe tell them Daddy'll be coming in the Dacia tomorrow."
Sam Wollaston; On the Road; The Guardian (London, UK); Feb 7, 2014.

See more usage examples of Little Lord Fauntleroy in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars, etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish, and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons. -Douglas Adams, writer, dramatist, and musician (1952-2001)

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