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Mar 4, 2010
This week's theme
Words borrowed from various languages

This week's words
goulash
cabal
potlatch
laager
baksheesh

laager
Circling the wagons
A sketch from the 15th century

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with Anu Garg

laager or lager

PRONUNCIATION:
(LAH-guhr)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A camp, especially one protected by a circle of wagons or armored vehicles.
2. An entrenched policy or viewpoint.
verb tr., intr.
To enclose in a defensive encirclement.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the obsolete Afrikaans word lager (camp), from Dutch or German Lager (camp). Ultimately from the Indo-European root legh- (to lie or lay) that is also the source of lie, lay, lair, fellow.

USAGE:
"[The scientists] should repudiate the laager mentality and evasions of the East Anglia researchers. Instead of grudgingly yielding to Freedom of Information requests, they should publish their data and workings online wherever possible."
Ian Katz; The Case for Climate Action; The Guardian (London, UK); Feb 8, 2010.

See more usage examples of laager in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

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