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Jun 23, 2020
This week’s theme
Words coined after metals

This week’s words
golden calf
silver spoon
tinhorn
brass tacks
ironclad

Trump silver spoon
“It has not been easy for me. It has not been easy for me. I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars.” -Trump (Oct 26, 2015)

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silver spoon

PRONUNCIATION:
(SIL-vuhr spoon)

MEANING:
noun: Inherited wealth.

ETYMOLOGY:
The phrase is often used in the construction “to be born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth” meaning one’s born in privilege and wealth. The association of silver with riches is obvious, so why not a gold spoon? Nobody knows, though it may have something to do with silver’s biocidal properties. Earliest documented use: 1719.

USAGE:
“’We started this with a base of knowledge on the wine business, not with a silver spoon or a bunch of money that we made in Silicon Valley,’ she said.”
Bill Swindell; North Coast Wineries Fight for Survival Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic; The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, California); May 31, 2020.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It's like, at the end, there's this surprise quiz: Am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth what I paid? -Richard Bach, writer (b. 23 Jun 1936)

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