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Knickerbocker (NIK-ehr BOHK-ehr) noun

1. A descendant of the Dutch settlers of New York.

2. A New Yorker.

[After Diedrich Knickerbocker, fictitious author of Washington Irving's (1783-1859) History of New York (1809).]

Today's word is dedicated to all the Knickerbockers who've shown amazing resilience in the face of tragedy. We join linguaphiles everywhere in prayers for those affected in New York City, Washington DC, and elsewhere. -Anu

This week's theme: eponyms.


To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind. -Theophile Gautier, writer (1811-1872)

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