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Jul 19, 2011
This week's theme
Words of French origin

This week's words
nouveau riche
voulu
mise en scene
pur sang
coup de main

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voulu

PRONUNCIATION:
(voo-LOO)

MEANING:
adjective: Contrived; forced.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French voulu, past participle of vouloir (to wish or want). Earliest documented use: 1909.

USAGE:
"In real literature, as in real life, nothing much happens, and stirring up interest in paranormal phenomena is a rather voulu means of making life more interesting."
Nicholas Lezard; Review: High on Giraffe Liver; The Guardian (London, UK); Jan 27, 2007.

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