MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To praise or flatter.
2. To hang someone.

ETYMOLOGY: For 1: After Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE) of Macedon, who never lost a war and earned widespread renown for his victories. Earliest documented use: 1700.

For 2: After Jerome Alexander (1590-1670), English judge, who was disbarred in England for misconduct and moved to Ireland where he delighted in giving death sentences. Earliest documented use: 1666.

ALEC AND 'ER - actor Guinness and his partner

ALEXA NUDER - just imagine: Amazon's desktop assistant with no clothes

ALEMANDER - someone who enjoys square dancing, left and right; often British