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Mar 7, 2016This week’s theme
Unfamiliar cousins of everyday words
This week’s words
A bike chicane in Ebisu, Japan
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
You see someone regularly in a certain setting, say a gym, and then you meet them elsewhere, and it takes a moment to realize that it’s the same person in a different outfit. It’s the same with this week’s words. You are likely familiar with them, except they appear in a different form.
verb tr.: To trick or deceive.
noun: 1. Deception. 2. An artificial narrowing or a turn added to a road to slow traffic down.
From French chicaner (to quibble). Earliest documented use: 1672.
“I was totally bamboozled; I was chicaned.”
David James Duncan; The River Why; Sierra Club Books; 1983.
“He rounded the chicane to see another car slowing down.”
Anthony Hulse; The Club; Lulu; 2014.
See more usage examples of chicane in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weeds. -Luther Burbank, horticulturist (7 Mar 1849-1926)
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