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A.Word.A.Day--ouch

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This week's theme: words formed by false splitting.

ouch or ouche (ouch) noun

A brooch or buckle set with precious stones.

[From the misdivision of the phrase "a nouche" as "an ouche", from Anglo-Norman ouche (brooch). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ned- (to bind) that is also the source of node, noose, annex, and connect.]

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

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"No store of well-drilled needles, nor ouches of amber pale; No new-cut tongues of the bison, nor meat of the stranded whale." Rudyard Kipling; The Story of Ung; 1896.

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A man who is 'ill-adjusted' to the world is always on the verge of finding himself. One who is adjusted to the world never finds himself, but gets to be a cabinet minister. -Hermann Hesse, novelist, poet, Nobel laureate (1877-1962)

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