Today's word is:
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.