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AUSPICES
auspices

PRONUNCIATION:
(AW-spi-seez)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Patronage, support, or sponsorship.
2. A favorable sign.



SUSPICES - What the McCormick salesman with a stutter sells. (See related
ANU-SPICES - tasteful condiments occasionally served up on this Board...)

AUSPISCES - a little-known Zodiacal constellation in the skies of the Southern hemisphere


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PAPARAZZI

PRONUNCIATION:
(pah-puh-RAT-see)

MEANING:
noun: Photographers who follow famous people to take their pictures for publication.

ETYMOLOGY:
Plural of paparazzo, from the name of a photographer in Federico Fellini's 1959 film La Dolce Vita. Fellini got the name via scriptwriter Ennio Flaiano who picked it from the 1901 travel book By the Ionian Sea. The book mentions a hotel owner named Coriolano Paparazzo. Fellini claimed at another time that the name Paparazzo suggested to him "a buzzing insect, hovering, darting, stinging". Earliest documented use: 1961.




PAMPARAZZI - mounted photographers of the Argentine plains

PAUPARAZZI - very poor photographers

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PAPARJAZZI - out-of-work hip musicians who chase photographers
hoping to get their picture on the cover of Rolling Stone.

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Just guessing what might be coming later in the week: Scissors? Spaghetti? Trousers/Pants/Knickers/Shorts? even Bloomers? Random thought: Is the noun "underwear" singular or plural?

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Good questions but taboo.

How many panties is/are a pair of panties, one, two, or four?

Meanwhile a slip is just a slip. smile

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cognoscenti

PRONUNCIATION: (kon-yuh-SHEN-tee, kog-nuh-)
MEANING:
noun: Those with informed appreciation of a particular topic, such as fine arts or literature.

ETYMOLOGY:
Plural of obsolete Italian cognoscente, from conoscere (to know). Modern Italian form of the word, conoscente, means acquaintance -- you want to use the word intenditore or conoscitore if you mean cognoscente. Earliest documented use: 1777.
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COGNOSCENTIC noun - a intenditore: a singular of cogonoscenti

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CORNOSCENTI - the aroma of Italian popcorn

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How about

CYGNOSCENTI = the smell of a newly hatched swan


( Afterthought: What's the singular of hoi polloi ? )

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MORES

PRONUNCIATION:
(MOHR-ayz)


MEANING:
noun: Customs and conventions of a social group.


ETYMOLOGY:
Plural of Latin mos (custom). Earliest documented use: 1898.



MOREST - superlative form of "some"

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'ORES noun : Customs and conventions of a social group

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