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Jul 1, 2021
This week’s theme
Words with many meanings

This week’s words
dobber
bruit
cameo
pillbox
plight

pillbox
A British WWII pillbox
Photo: Wikimedia

pillbox
Jackie Kennedy in a pillbox, 1963
Photo: Cecil W. Stoughton / Wikimedia

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with Anu Garg

pillbox

PRONUNCIATION:
(PIL-boks)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A small container for pills.
2. A small fortified enclosure, used for firing weapons, observing, etc.
3. A small brimless hat with a flat top and straight sides.
4. Something small or ineffectual.

ETYMOLOGY:
From pill, from Latin pilula (little ball), from pila (ball) + box, from Old English, from Latin buxis, from pyxis (boxwood box), from Greek pyxis, from pyxos (box tree). Earliest documented use: 1702.

USAGE:
“A few yards from a Czech Army pillbox built as a defense against Nazi Germany, the archaeologists discovered a cattle bone.”
Andrew Higgins; Slavs and Germans Weren’t Always Rivals, Rune Finding Suggests; The New York Times; May 16, 2021.

“Honey touched the pillbox sitting on top of her head, still there covering her blond hair’s dark roots.”
Elmore Leonard; Up in Honey’s Room; William Morrow; 2007.

“We do not buy the line that it was just a pillbox thrown by some kids. The damage was too extensive.”
Manila Bombings Must Be Solved; The Filipino Express (Jersey City, New Jersey); Jun 4, 2000.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
One is happy as a result of one's own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience. -George Sand [pen name of Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin], novelist (1 Jul 1804-1876)

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