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May 25, 2021
This week’s theme
High-scoring words in Scrabble

This week’s words
chutzpah
quixotry
blowzy
quincunx
whizbang

quixotry
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on a crossroad
Art: Wilhelm Marstrand (1810-1873)

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quixotry

PRONUNCIATION:
(KWIK-suh-tree)

MEANING:
noun: Absurdly chivalrous, idealistic, or impractical ideas or behavior.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Don Quixote, hero of the eponymous novel by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Earliest documented use: 1703. Also see quixotic and quixote.

USAGE:
“Neither British nor German hesitated at any time to violate the neutrality of Turkish territorial waters, but by the strange quixotry of a tacit gentlemen’s agreement, hostilities between passing vessels and planes were almost unknown.”
Alistair MacLean & Sam LLewellyn; The Complete Navarone; HarperCollins; 2008.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
May my silences become more accurate. -Theodore Roethke, poet (25 May 1908-1963)

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