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mufti (MUFF-tee, MOOF-) noun
1. Civilian clothes, especially when worn by someone who normally wears a uniform.
2. A scholar or jurist who interprets Muslim law.
[From Arabic mufti, from afta (to decide a legal point). Another word that comes from the same root is fatwa (decree).]
"John Warren `Jack' Gedney, a retired U.S. Navy commander who had traded
his uniform for the mufti of a Seattle Costco executive, laid out his
life itinerary by the time he could vote: He'd be a career military man,
retire at 42, then enjoy a second career in business."
"Those on duty were dressed in the distinctive ochre uniform that has won
so many admirers. However, almost the entire complement of cabin crew and
pilots not rostered on were also there - in mufti - further demonstrating
the sort of esprit de corps the fledgling airline has managed to engender
in just 18 months."
This week's theme: words related to the military.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the spaces between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. -Maya Angelou, poet (1928- )