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A.Word.A.Day--wisenheimer

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wisenheimer (WY-zen-hy-muhr) also weisenheimer, noun

A smart aleck.

[From wise + -enheimer (on the pattern of names such as Guggenheimer or Oppenheimer).]

"By way of background: Kyrgyzstan is an actual nation located in the Western Hemisphere. Or possibly the Eastern Hemisphere. It's definitely in a hemisphere. ... Why are we interested in this? Certainly it is not because we are juvenile wisenheimers who think these names sound funny." Dave Barry, Kyrgyzstan: Much More Than a Test of Spelling, The Seattle Times, Mar 19, 2001.

"Former Gannett Co. Inc. Chairman Allen H. Neuharth launched USA Today Sept. 15, 1982. Wisenheimer journalists said it looked like a comic book. Tagged it McPaper." Twenty - And Lovin' It, Editor & Publisher (New York), Sep 16, 2002.

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