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Mar 13, 1999
This week's theme
Pi words to mark Pi Day

This week's words
piacular
picante
pizzicato
piddle
pianissimo
pissoir
pilose

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pissoir

(pee-SWAR) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun: A public urinal located on the street in some European countries.

[French, from Old French, from pissier, to urinate.]

"... Duchamp proclaimed, the only legitimate works of art were the products of engineering -- skyscrapers, suspension bridges, or plumbing fixtures like the pissoir which he exhibited in 1917 and entitled 'Fountain'." Peter Conrad; Art: Not Even as Good as God; Independent on Sunday; Apr 6, 1997.

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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. -Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

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