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Aug 2, 2007
This week's theme
Words with double connections

This week's words
diplopia
didymous
mackle
double entendre
doppelganger

“Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.” ~Emerson
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double entendre

(DUB-uhl ahn-TAHN-druh) noun Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: A word or phrase used in a manner that it can be interpreted in two ways, especially when one of the meanings is risqué.

[From obsolete French, literally double meaning.]

"Without double-entendre British comedy would be bereft. A short selection from a week's viewing: 'You should have heard the gasps when I showed my marrow to the Women's Institute'."
Thomas Sutcliffe; In Search of Intelligent Life on Planet Sitcom; The Independent (London, UK); Mar 8, 1996.

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

X-Bonus

Selfish, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others. -Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), [The Devil's Dictionary, 1906]

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