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This week's theme: Words borrowed from Irish.
smithereens (smith-uh-REENZ) noun
[Probably from Irish smidirin, diminutive of smiodar (fragment).]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"[The heroine] finds herself being mistaken for someone else and falling, abruptly, down a rabbit hole -- her identity stolen, her daily life torpedoed, her most fundamental expectations about life blown to smithereens." Michiko Kakutani; A Misunderstanding, and a Simple Life Descends Into a Nightmare; The New York Times; May 8, 2007.
Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. -Louis L'Amour, novelist (1908-1988)
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