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froufrou (FROO-froo) noun
1. Something fancy, elaborate, and showy.
2. A rustling sound, as of a silk dress.
[From French, of imitative origin.]
What's common among the five words (scintillescent, vetitive, rapparee, bilabial, froufrou) featured here this week? If you know the answer, send it to wordsATwordsmith.org (replace AT with @). The first person to identify it wins an autographed copy of the book "Another Word A Day".
"Too often I go to some lunch party and am presented with an exquisite
froufrou creation when what I long for is the pasta the three-year-old
sitting next to me is given."
Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum. -Thomas Szasz, author, professor of psychiatry (1920- )