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with Anu Garg

pas de deux

PRONUNCIATION:
(pah duh DU)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A dance for two people.
2. A close relationship between two people or things involved in an activity.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French, literally step of two.

USAGE:
"This novel The Song Is You is a pas de deux between a young singer-songwriter and the much older man who actively, obsessively inspires her."
Kate Christensen; Always on My Mind; The New York Times; Apr 10, 2009.

"One of the many paradoxes of this place we call home is the pas de deux of life and death."
G. D. Maxwell; Screaming Into the Void; Pique Newsmagzaine (Whistler, Canada); Apr 8, 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. -John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (1806-1873)

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