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alfresco (al-FRES-ko) adjective and adverb

Outdoors; in the open air.

[From Italian alfresco (in the fresh).]

"Santa Fe will be less alfresco next year when all its audience is to be roofed, though not walled, from the squalls on New Mexico's mesa." American Opera Festivals: Buffy, Not Stuffy, The Economist (London), Sep 9, 1995.

This week's theme: words with Italian connection.

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Conversation, n. A fair to the display of the minor mental commodities, each exhibitor being too intent upon the arrangement of his own wares to observe those of his neighbor. -Ambrose Bierce, writer (1842-1914) [The Devil's Dictionary]

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