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A.Word.A.Day--arsy-varsy

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This week's theme: reduplicatives.

arsy-varsy (AR-see VAR-see) adjective, adverb

Upside-down, backward, preposterous.

[A facetious rhyming compound of arse; perhaps coined after vice versa, from Latin versus, from vertere (to turn).]

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"The sense of things being arsy-varsy persists at this first make-up session." Simon Callow; Shooting the Actor; Picador; 2003.

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