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Jul 19, 2006
This week's theme
Words from Yiddish

This week's words
yenta
schmooze
maven
schlub
shtick

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maven

Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio (MAY-vuhn)

noun: An expert, connoisseur, or enthusiast.

From Yiddish meyvn, from Hebrew mebhin (one who understands).

"The panelists are a who's who of television and film mavens."
James Adams; TV Networks Can Relax; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Jun 12, 2006.

See more usage examples of maven in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives. -Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel laureate (1875-1965)

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