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Jun 9, 2015
This week’s theme
Toponyms

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antimacassar
podunk
charlatan
spaniel
Jerusalem syndrome

cartoon: A farmer paying his newspaper subscription to the  Podunk Weekly Bugle with farm produce
A farmer paying his newspaper subscription to the Podunk Weekly Bugle with farm produce
Cartoon: F.S. Church; Harper’s Weekly; Jan 17, 1874

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podunk

PRONUNCIATION:
(POH-dungk)

MEANING:
noun: A small, unimportant town.

ETYMOLOGY:
Podunk is the name of a river and a native tribe in Connecticut. Over time the name came to be used for several small towns including a mythical small and insignificant town. Earliest documented use: 1657.

USAGE:
“His spin on ‘America’s Next Top Model’: take two wannabe club kids from Podunk towns and with no money, plunk them down in New York with $1,000.”
Kevin Gray; After Prison, No After-Hours; The New York Times; May 15, 2014.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a director. -Cole Porter, composer and songwriter (9 Jun 1893-1964)

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