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Oct 14, 2022
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Barmecide

Barmecide
A Barmecide Feast
Cartoon: Puck magazine, Oct 1889

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with Anu Garg

Barmecide

PRONUNCIATION:
(BAHR-muh-syd)

MEANING:
noun: One giving only the illusion of abundance or some benefits.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Barmecide, a nobleman in the story “Barber’s Sixth Brother” from the collection One Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights). In the story, Barmecide pretends to host a lavish feast for a beggar. The beggar plays along, pretending to enjoy the food and wine. He then pretends to get drunk and knocks Barmecide down in the process. In the end, Barmecide is pleased with the beggar for going with the joke and offers him a real feast. Earliest documented use: 1713.

USAGE:
“We can recreate in a factional moment whole years gone past ... overdrawing upon a Barmecide deposit of minutes, staking fresh claims upon a mirage?”
Abraham Merritt; The Metal Monster; Musaicum Books; 2018.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To read fast is as bad as to eat in a hurry. -Vilhelm Ekelund, poet (14 Oct 1880-1949)

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