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Jan 28, 2016
This week’s theme
Words from mythology

This week’s words
autolycan
herculean
titan
siren song
bacchant

siren song
The Siren
Art: John William Waterhouse, c. 1900

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siren song

PRONUNCIATION:
(SYR-uhn song)

MEANING:
noun: An enticing appeal that ultimately leads to disaster.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Siren, one of a group of sea nymphs, whose enchanting singing lured sailors to shipwreck on the rocks around their island. Also see femme fatale. Earliest documented use: 1568.

USAGE:
“We must reaffirm our commitment to the principles of open society and resist the siren song of the likes of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, however hard that may be.”
George Soros; The Terrorists and Demagogues Want Us to Be Scared. We Mustn’t Give in; The Guardian (London, UK); Dec 28, 2015.

See more usage examples of siren song in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one. -Colette, author (28 Jan 1873-1954)

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