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Apr 10, 2014
This week's theme
Words formed in error

This week's words
belfry
ambage
arrant
sashay
viperine

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sashay

PRONUNCIATION:
(sa-SHAY)

MEANING:
verb intr.:
1. To move, walk, or glide along nonchalantly.
2. To strut or move in a showy manner.

ETYMOLOGY:
From switching of initial consonants in a mispronunciation of French chassé (a ballet movement involving gliding steps with the same foot always leading), past participle of chasser (to chase), from captare (to try to catch), frequentative of Latin capere (to take). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kap- (to grasp), which also gave us captive, capsule, chassis, cable, occupy, deceive, behoof, caitiff, percipient, captious, and gaff. Earliest documented use: 1836.

USAGE:
"Tyler switched to 6th Street, the car swaying and sashaying through the leafy old homes of Hancock Park."
Denise Hamilton; Damage Control; Scribner; 2011.

See more usage examples of sashay in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may. -William Hazlitt, essayist (1778-1830)

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