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Dec 27, 2012
This week's theme
Words from various languages that built the English language

This week's words
behoove
ugsome
abjure
purlieu
cumshaw

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with Anu Garg

purlieu

PRONUNCIATION:
(PUHR-loo, PUHRL-yoo)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A neighboring area.
2. A place that one frequents or has control; haunt.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English purlewe (land on the edge of a forest), from puralee, influenced by Old French lieu (place), from Anglo-French pur- (thoroughly) + aler (to go). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ambhi- (around), which is also the source of ambulance, alley, preamble, bivouac, and obambulate. Earliest documented use: 1483.

USAGE:
"Dr Vince Cable remains in his post, though with this particular issue removed from his purlieu."
Simon Heffer; Cameron Punishes Tories; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Dec 22, 2010.

See more usage examples of purlieu in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for. -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, writer (1830-1916)

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