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Jun 20, 2000
This week's theme
Feminine and masculine forms of words

This week's words
caryatid
telamon
lamia
warlock
gynarchy
androcracy
nymphomania

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telamon

(TEL-uh-mon), plural telamones (-MOH-neez) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun: A figure of a man used as a supporting pillar.

Latin telamon, from Greek, bearer.

Atlas is another word for figure of a man used as a column.

"Even though Dickens never pulled down the temple, he went further than Thackeray in mocking the pillars of a repressive society--Podsnap a telamon and Mrs. General a caryatid."
Rodney Stenning Edgecombe; Middle-class Erasures: The Decreations of Mrs. General and Mr. Podsnap; Studies in the Novel; Fall 1999.

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Pray, v. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. -Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), [The Devil's Dictionary, 1906]

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