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Jan 2, 2013
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"New" words

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numismatics
nudiustertian
nouveau pauvre
pneumonic
nugacity

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with Anu Garg

nouveau pauvre

PRONUNCIATION:
(NOO-voh POH-vruh)

MEANING:
adjective: Recently impoverished.
noun: One who is newly impoverished.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French nouveau (new) + pauvre (poor), patterned after nouveau riche. Earliest documented use: 1877.

USAGE:
"[Hope's] nouveau pauvre mother, Evangeline, has betrothed her daughter to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in a bid to restore the family fortunes."
Ben Brantley; A Glimpse of Stocking?; The New York Times; Apr 7, 2011.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I dreamt that my hair was kempt. Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it. -Ogden Nash, poet (1902-1971)

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