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A.Word.A.Day--pastiche

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This week's theme: Words from the writing of Judge Bruce M. Selya.

pastiche (pa-STEESH) noun

1. An artistic piece, for example a literary, musical, or dramatic work, that imitates works of other artists.

2. A hodgepodge of incongruous parts taken from various sources.

[From French, from Italian pasticcio (pastiche), from Vulgar Latin pasticium (pasty), from Late Latin pasta (dough).]

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

"The majority's reading ... unduly emphasizes the concurring opinion by two justices, and it engrafts onto the plurality and concurring opinions selected statements from the dissent. Then, to hold this pastiche together, it overrules ... well-established Massachusetts law." Excerpt from concurring opinion (Selya, J.) in Redgrave v. Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc., 1988.

X-Bonus

Appeal, v.t. In law, to put the dice into the box for another throw. -Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1906)

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