PRONUNCIATION: (pay-puhr muh-SHAY)

MEANING: noun: A mixture of pulped paper, glue, etc., used in making sculptures, boxes, ornaments, etc.
adjective: 1. Made of papier-mache.
2. Fragile; temporary; false; illusory.

ETYMOLOGY: From French papier-mâché (chewed paper). Earliest documented use: 1753.

RAPIER-MACHÉ - my sword got mashed between a rock and a hard place

PAPIER-MACH - lightning-fast, at least on paper

POPIER-MACHÉ - in a disagreement between Il Papa and the Bishops' Council, the Pope wins