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Feb 22, 2022
This week’s theme
Words borrowed from German & Hawaiian

This week’s words
Sehnsucht
lei
verstehen
kapu
wissenschaft

lei
Getting lei'd
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with Anu Garg

lei

PRONUNCIATION:
(lay, LAY-ee)

MEANING:
noun: A garland, typically made of flowers, or leaves, shells, nuts, feathers, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Hawaiian lei. Earliest documented use: 1843.

USAGE:
“Jade put a lei around Jett’s neck.”
Lynne Westwood; The Fabulous Snobby Cats of Heavenly Hills; Tate; 2007.

See more usage examples of lei in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. -Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher (22 Feb 1788-1860)

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