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Words derived from circus
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PRONUNCIATION:(dog and POH-nee shoh)
MEANING:noun: An elaborately staged presentation or briefing arranged for public relations, selling, etc. Also, a presentation that is overly contrived.
ETYMOLOGY:After small traveling circuses that featured tricks involving dogs and ponies. Earliest documented use: 1885.
USAGE:"Rather than be honest about the tragic missteps of the past and confront the lingering issues over detainee treatment, the Pentagon puts on a preposterous dog-and-pony show when reporters come calling."
Pentagon's Offensive Guantanamo Show; St. Petersburg Times (Florida); Jul 7, 2009.
"Cebu Pacific, the Philippines-based airline, has turned their safety announcement into a true dog-and-pony show. Their flight attendants dance to the music of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry while pointing out and demonstrating safety equipment. It's even choreographed." (video)
Gail Todd; Some Airlines Employ Humor With Safety Announcements; Chicago Daily Herald (Illinois); Apr 3, 2011.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization. -Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)
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