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Oct 18, 2000
This week's theme
Semordnilaps, or words that spell other words when reversed

This week's words
avid
debut
ogre
strop
nonet

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

strop

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strop (strop)
noun
1. A strap, especially a short rope whose ends are spliced together to make a ring.

2. A flexible strip of leather or canvas used for sharpening a razor.

verb tr.
To sharpen (a razor) on a strop.

[Middle English strope, band of leather, probably from Old English, thong for an oar, from Latin stroppus, twisted cord, from Greek strophos, from strephein, to turn..]

"He absently sharpened his razor along a leather strop for several moments, gazing into the middle distance."
Mark Leyner, I dream of Liddy, Elle, Oct 1999.

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