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Sep 2, 2004
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Words that are also names

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alexia
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merry-andrew
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merry-andrew

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merry-andrew (MER-ee AN-droo) noun

A clown.

[From English merry + generic use of proper name Andrew.]

See more usage examples of merry-andrew in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"There were new owners, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, the Merry-Andrews who ran the wildly successful disco Studio 54 a decade before (and shared a cell in federal prison for evading taxes on the disco's income)."
John Skow; Travel: An Ocean Cruise in Manhattan; Time (New York); Dec 19, 1988.

"Merry Andrew, Lawrence called him then, always applauding his wit, his affectations."
Robley Wilson, Jr.; Lawrence Lighted a Cigaret and Blew Smoke in Andrew's Direction; The San Francisco Chronicle; Jan 27, 1985.

This week's theme: words that are also names.

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