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A.Word.A.Day--Mae West

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Mae West (may west) noun

An inflatable, vestlike life preserver.

[After Mae West 1892?-1980, American actress known for her sultry stage persona, (from its resemblance to her curvaceous torso).]

"Now with all of us bulging out of our Mae Wests, a Richter scale applied to anxiety would have registered eight or a full-scale breakdown." Robert Schrank, Two Women, Three Men on a Raft, Harvard Business Review, 1 May 1994.

This week's theme: eponyms.

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Remarriage: A triumph of hope over experience. -Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)


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