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Apr 23, 2013
This week's theme
Onomatopoeic words

This week's words
bombilate
fanfaron
cachinnate
fillip
brouhaha

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fanfaron

PRONUNCIATION:
(FAN-fuh-ron)

MEANING:
noun: A boaster or a braggart.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French fanfaron, from Spanish fanfarrón (braggart), perhaps from Arabic farfar (talkative), of expressive origin. The words fanfaronade and fanfare have the same origin. Earliest documented use: 1622.

USAGE:
"I yelled in his ear congratulations for not spending his egg money on fancy clothes and strutting about like a fanfaron."
Moritz Thomsen; Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle; University of Washington Press; 1990.

"Well made and thought-provoking the program may be, but it's unlikely to drag viewers away from the exotic fanfaron that is Celine Dion's head."
Shane Danielsen; Waiting for the Ship to Come in on Oscar Night; The Australian (Sydney); Mar 23, 1998.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
That sorrow which is the harbinger of joy is preferable to the joy which is followed by sorrow. -Saadi, poet (c.1213-1291) [Gulistan]

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