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Jun 16, 2016
This week’s theme
Reduplicatives

This week’s words
hugger-mugger
argle-bargle
hoity-toity
tussie-mussie
hurly-burly

tussie-mussie
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tussie-mussie

PRONUNCIATION:
(TUS-ee-MUS-ee)

MEANING:
noun: A small bouquet of flowers. Also known as a posy or a nosegay.

ETYMOLOGY:
Probably a reduplication of tussy (a small bunch of flowers). Earliest documented use: 1440.

USAGE:
“There were several tussie-mussies on display in the Mixsell House parlor, each with a card indicating the message such a bouquet would have sent.”
Christy Potter; Love in the Time of Cholera; Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania); Feb 14, 2016.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
H. sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions. -Joyce Carol Oates, writer (b. 16 Jun 1938)

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