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punchinello (pun-chuh-NEL-o) noun
1. A short, fat buffoon, principal character in an Italian puppet show.
[From Italian (Naples dialect) polecenella (a character in Italian puppet shows), diminutive of pollecena (turkey pullet), ultimately from Latin pullus (young chicken). From the resemblance of punchinello's nose to a turkey's beak.]
"Unlike Mr. Donahue, she doesn't automatically sympathize with every
oddball and Punchinello who feels mistreated by 'straight society'
(a phrase, believe it or not, that still rolls off Mr. Donahue's
This week's theme: Words derived from fictional characters
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due. -William R. Inge, clergyman, scholar, and author (1860-1954)