April 17th, 2009


Apr. 17th, 2009 - Quondam

quon·dam [ kwóndəm, kwón dàm ]
Definition: former: of an earlier time ( archaic or literary )

[Mid-16th century. < Latin, < quom "when"]

Quondam. Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2009 Microsoft Corporation. http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/quondam.html (accessed: April 17, 2009).

Bob had a deep wistful yearning for his youth; life was simpler in those quondam days, no mortgage, no utility bills and certainly no robotic alien sniper zombies trying to kill him. Oh, and of course, no psychiatric medication which he could never remember to take.

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I have a feeling I might be a little late - apologies!

Today's word is:

Mascaron [mas'ke-ron]

A grotesque face on a door-knocker. Related to mask, mascaron may ultimately derive from the Arabic maskharah, a jester or man in masquerade. It may also be related to mascara!

French masque, a mask, from Italian maschera

Linda was awfully confused. Perhaps a product of being better educated, she was concerned that every time she'd ask the staff at the store if they sold mascarons, she kept getting sent to the cosmetics department! More confusing was the fact that the same store sold both intricate doorknockers as well as maquillage.