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Aug 12, 2022
This week’s theme
Words coined after animals

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cynical
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chevachee

chevachee
Jalal ad-Din Khwarazmshah crossing the rapid Indus River, escaping Genghis Khan and his army
Painting from History of Abul-Khayr Khan by Mas’ud bin Osmani Kuhistani, 1540s

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with Anu Garg

chevachee

PRONUNCIATION:
(shuh-vuh-CHEE/SHAY)

MEANING:
noun: An expedition, raid, or campaign.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French chevauchée (ride), from cheval (horse), from Latin caballus (horse). Earliest documented use: 1380.

USAGE:
“Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, brings a secret weapon with him today. It, or rather she, is his mother-in-law. ... This makes it a unique chevachee in the long history of Anglo-French ententes cordiales and not so cordiales.”
Blair Force One; The Times (London, UK); Feb 16, 2002.

“The word chevachee is the most apt way of describing the Mongol raiding tactics in 1211, for it is an act of plundering on a relentless and extensive scale.”
James Waterson; Defending Heaven; Pen & Sword Books; 2013.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I hate with a murderous hatred those men who, having lived their youth, would send into war other youth, not lived, unfulfilled, to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die. -Mary Roberts Rinehart, novelist (12 Aug 1876-1958)

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