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A.Word.A.Day--paraphernaliaPronunciation: WAV or RealAudio
paraphernalia (par-uh-fihr-NAYL-ya, -fa-NAYL-ya) noun
1. Personal belongings.
2. The articles used in a particular activity; equipment.
3. A married woman's personal property exclusive of her dowry, according to common law.
[Medieval Latin paraphernalia, neuter pl. of paraphernalis, pertaining to a married woman's property exclusive of her dowry, from Late Latin parapherna, a married woman's property exclusive of her dowry, from Greek : para-, beyond + pherne, dowry.]
"I started the business nearly a year ago just selling posters of famous movies," he says, "Then I added the paraphernalia that accompanies every major release." Wisetpong Wongtip, 'Titanic' fever means smooth sailing for city vendors, The Nation, Feb 2, 1998.
This week's theme: words with unusual etymologies.
The words of truth are always paradoxical. -Lao Tzu