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Oct 22, 2008
This week's theme
Words that appear to have been coined after the 2008 US presidential candidates.

This week's words
obambulate
bidentate
palinode
meeken
barrack

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palinode

PRONUNCIATION:
(PAL-uh-noad)

MEANING:
noun: A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek palinoidia, from palin (again) + oide (song). It's the same palin that shows up in the word palindrome.

NOTES:
The illustrator and humorist Gelett Burgess (1866-1951) once wrote a poem called The Purple Cow:
I never saw a purple cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.

The poem became so popular and he became so closely linked with this single quatrain that he later wrote a palinode:
Confession: and a Portrait, Too,
Upon a Background that I Rue!

Oh, yes, I wrote 'The Purple Cow,'
I'm sorry now I wrote it!
But I can tell you anyhow,
I'll kill you if you quote it.

USAGE:
"The more lighthearted palinodes were more successful, such as Geoff Horton's recantation of his youthful view that a martini should be shaken rather than stirred."
Jaspitos; I Take It Back; The Spectator (London, UK); Jan 24, 2004.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Let us enrich ourselves with our mutual differences. -Paul Valery, poet and philosopher (1871-1945)

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