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Jun 19, 2014
This week's theme
Words borrowed from Spanish

This week's words
camarilla
fandango
pungle
picaroon
arroyo

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with Anu Garg

picaroon

PRONUNCIATION:
(pik-uh-ROON)

MEANING:
noun: 1. A rogue, thief, or pirate. 2. A pirate ship.
verb intr.: To act as a pirate.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Spanish picarón (scoundrel), from picaro (rogue). Earliest documented use: 1624.

USAGE:
"I don't like bank stocks or banksters -- especially the big-city picaroons who have less conscience than a fox in a henhouse."
Malcolm Berko; Some OK Banksters and a Primer on Scripophily; Creators Syndicate (Los Angeles); Dec 14, 2011.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return. -Salman Rushdie, writer (b. 1947)

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