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Jun 14, 2016
This week’s theme
Reduplicatives

This week’s words
hugger-mugger
argle-bargle
hoity-toity
tussie-mussie
hurly-burly

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argle-bargle

PRONUNCIATION:
(AHR-guhl BAHR-guhl)

MEANING:
noun: 1. A vigorous discussion or noisy dispute. 2. Nonsense.

ETYMOLOGY:
From reduplication of argle, alteration of argue. Earliest documented use: 1872.

USAGE:
“We have already decided on that, so let me have no argle-bargle from you!”
Georgette Heyer; The Toll-Gate; William Heinemann; 1954.

“This week’s big business argle-bargle is the decision whether or not to bail out Bombardier.”
Brendan McAleer; Ski-Doos Live on Even as Company Crumbles; North Shore News (North Vancouver, Canada); Feb 19, 2016.

See more usage examples of argle-bargle in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I'm basically the same. The temperament is not that different. -Donald Trump, Republican Party’s nominee for US president (b. 14 Jun 1946) Reference: 1, 2

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