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soupcon or soupçon (soop-SON, SOOP-son) noun
A very small amount.
[From French soupçon (suspicion), via Middle French, Late Latin, from Latin suspicere (to look from below, or suspect). Ultimately from Indo-European root spek- (to observe) which is also the ancestor of such words as suspect, spectrum, bishop (literally, overseer), espionage, despise, and telescope.]
"Couldn't Bob Levey and Jim Talens have a soupcon of sympathy for
the Costco Dad? Where was he supposed to go to change that
"Remember that white ruffled blouse you bought last spring? Wear it
under a pinstripe suit and you'll be right in step with the biggest
womenswear trend of the season: the menswear look with a soupcon of
This week's theme: words borrowed from other languages.
If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further. -Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)