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Nov 18, 2014
This week's theme
Words borrowed from German

This week's words
gemeinschaft
strafe
gleichschaltung
sitzkrieg
leitmotif

Gott strafe England!
An unofficial stamp produced in Germany during WWI
Photo: Wikimedia

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strafe

PRONUNCIATION:
(strayf)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To attack with machine-gun fire or bombs from a low-flying aircraft.
2. To criticize severely.

noun:
1. An attack from a low-flying aircraft.
2. A severe criticism.


ETYMOLOGY:
From the German slogan "Gott strafe England!" ([May] God punish England!) during WWI. From German strafen (to punish). Earliest documented use: 1915.

USAGE:
"Alanis is strafed with scorn no matter what she does, and her attachment parenting style is often derided on Internet sites."
Bruce Ward; Alanis at 40; Ottawa Citizen (Canada); May 21, 2014.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like paté. -Margaret Atwood, novelist and poet (b. 1939)

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