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Sep 12, 2018
This week’s theme
Words coined after stock characters

This week’s words
zany
punchinello
alazon
eiron
capitano


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alazon

PRONUNCIATION:
(AL-uh-zon)

MEANING:
noun: A person characterized by arrogance, braggadocio, lack of self awareness, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Alazon, a stock character in ancient Greek comedy. Earliest documented use: 1911.

USAGE:
“The self often suffers for being the alazon like Don Quixote, Monkey, and Huck.”
James S. Fu; Mythic and Comic Aspects of the Quest; Singapore University Press; 1977.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The man who can make others laugh secures more votes for a measure than the man who forces them to think. -Malcolm De Chazal, writer and painter (12 Sep 1902-1981)

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