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Feb. 1, 2008 - Popinjay

Popinjay
pop.in.jay (pop-in-jey)
noun
1. a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter; coxcomb; fop.
2. British Dialect. a woodpecker, esp. the green woodpecker.
3. Archaic. the figure of a parrot usually fixed on a pole and used as a target in archery and gun shooting.
4. Archaic. a parrot.

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[Origin: 1275–1325; ME papejay, popingay, papinjai(e) < MF papegai, papingay parrot < Sp papagayo < Ar bab(ba)gha']

"popinjay." Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 01 Feb. 2008. Dictionary.com

Example: The crowd at the new, fancy, goth club was a flock of colorless popinjays, preened in black leather and shiny vinyl; they droned on incessantly about the meaninglessness of their existence. That moment, I couldn't agree with them more.

I think I am having far too much fun coming up with these examples!
Tags: arabic, french, noun, p, spanish, wordsmith: sea_gaagii
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