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Mar 27, 2002
This week's theme
Words that seem unreal

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ha-ha
aa
thank-you-ma'am
la-di-da
papilionaceous

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thank-you-ma'am

(THANGK yoo mam) Pronunciation

noun: A bump or depression in a road.

[From the nod of the head that results when one passes over it in a vehicle, as if in an acknowledgment of a favor.]

"We all have our troubles. It isn't everybody that can ride to heaven in a C-spring shay, as my poor husband used to say; and life's a road that's got a good many thank-you-ma'ams to go bumpin' over, says he."
Oliver Wendell Holmes; The Guardian Angel; 1868.

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The believer is happy; the doubter is wise. -Hungarian proverb

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