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Nov 30, 2017
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faience
laconic
newgate
timbuktu
campanile

An astronomy and mathematics manuscript from Timbuktu
An astronomy and mathematics manuscript from Timbuktu

Map of Timbutu, Mali
Timbuktu, Mali
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Timbuktu

PRONUNCIATION:
(tim-buk-TOO)

MEANING:
noun: A remote place.

ETYMOLOGY:
After a town in central Mali in West Africa. Earliest documented use: 1863.

USAGE:
“Her first thought was that her car had been stolen, but her gaze found the NO PARKING -- TOW ZONE sign that she must have missed last night,
maybe because she was exhausted or cranky that she had to park in Timbuktu.” Lisa Scottoline; Accused; St. Martin’s Press; 2013.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Although the connections are not always obvious, personal change is inseparable from social and political change. -Harriet Lerner, psychologist (b. 30 Nov 1944)

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