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Sep 15, 2017
This week’s theme
There’s a word for it

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whataboutery
mythomania
tenesmus
xenophobia
kayfabe

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Donald Trump at Wrestlemania XXIII (4 min., but you don’t need to watch it)

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Words that result in another word when a single letter is prefixed
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with Anu Garg

kayfabe

PRONUNCIATION:
(KAY-fayb)

MEANING:
noun: Portrayal of staged events as real, especially in professional wrestling. (See also, “reality shows”)

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin, perhaps Pig Latin or an alteration for “fake” or “be fake”. Earliest documented use: 1937.

USAGE:
“With time and practice, you will learn how to maintain kayfabe in moments like these.”
Angelina Mirabella; The Sweetheart; Simon & Schuster; 2016.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives which produced them. -Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, writer (15 Sep 1613-1680)

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