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This week's theme: red-herring words.
obsequy (OB-si-kwee) noun
A funeral rite or ceremony.
[From Middle English obsequie, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin obsequiae, alteration (after Latin exsequiae, funeral rites) of Latin obsequia, plural of obsequium (compliance).]
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"When (Anthony) Powell died, in March of last year, at the age of ninety-four, the New York Times Book Review devoted a Bookend column to the obsequy." Christopher Hitchens; An Omnivorous Curiosity; The Atlantic Monthly (Boston); Jun 2001.
It came to me that reform should begin at home, and since that day I have not had time to remake the world. -Will Durant, historian (1885-1981)
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