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Jul 12, 2012
This week's theme
Words borrowed from French

This week's words
risque
billet-doux
femme fatale
pudeur
dishabille

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pudeur

PRONUNCIATION:
(pyoo-DUHR, -DUH)

MEANING:
noun: A sense of shame, especially in se xual matters; modesty.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French pudeur (modesty), from Latin pudere (to make or be ashamed) which also gave us pudibund (prudish) and pudency (modesty). Earliest documented use: 1876.

USAGE:
"Alexandra Styron first started reading her father's novel Sophie's Choice as soon as it came out, in 1979, when she was a preteenager. A few chapters in, encountering a steamy se x scene, she rushed from the room, overcome with adolescent pudeur."
Liesl Schillinger; Literary Lions, by Their Cubs; The New York Times; Aug 10, 2011.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist and author (1926-2004)

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