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Nov 9, 2004
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What does that car name mean?

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prelude
caprice
protege
pinto
tercel


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caprice

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caprice (kuh-PREES) noun

1. A sudden, unpredictable change of mind or behavior.

2. Capriccio: a musical composition in free, irregular style.

[From French, from Italian capriccio, from caporiccio (head with bristling hair), from capo (head) + riccio (hedgehog, curly) from Latin ericius (hedgehog).]

See more usage examples of caprice in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Do not deviate by following caprice."
Interviews; Zaman (Istanbul, Turkey); Oct 5, 2004.

"After interval there was ... Brazilian Impressions, a series of fleeting musical characterisations of the vividness of life told with the caprice and strangeness of a dream."
Peter McCallum; Concerto Fantasy; Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Oct 23, 2004.

Today's word is the name of a car from Chevrolet. There is also a car called Mercury Capri. We hope they named it after the island in Italy but one wonders if they knew that capri means goat.

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