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Sep 13, 2018
This week’s theme
Words coined after stock characters

This week’s words
zany
punchinello
alazon
eiron
capitano

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eiron

PRONUNCIATION:
(AY-ron)

MEANING:
noun: A person characterized by self-deprecation and awareness of irony.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Eiron, a stock character in ancient Greek comedy. It’s from Greek eiron (dissembler), which also gave us the word irony. Eiron is the opposite of Alazon. He uses self-deprecation and feigned ignorance to triumph over Alazon. Earliest documented use: 1872.

USAGE:
“Her eiron, her dissembler in this constructed mythical story, is the cyborg, a hybrid creature who takes pleasure in the confusion of boundaries between machine and organism, between human and animal, and indeed between social reality and fiction.”
Jeanne Cortiel; Demand My Writing; Liverpool University Press; 1999.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To have and not to give is often worse than to steal. -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, writer (13 Sep 1830-1916)

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