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Mar 28, 2002
This week's theme
Words that seem unreal

This week's words
ha-ha
aa
thank-you-ma'am
la-di-da
papilionaceous



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la-di-da

(LAH-dee-DAH) Pronunciation

adjective: Affectedly refined; pretentious.

[Imitative of affected pronunciation.]

"What you look for in a greasy spoon is not cookery. There is nothing la-di-da on the premises. The food is plain; that's the deal. The menu is unchanging. But in Manhattan, where you are assaulted hourly by unhinged ingenuity, especially in eating places, plainness becomes an attraction."
Judith Dunford; The Greasy Spoon Loses the Grease and Gains a Certain Distinction; The New York Times; Jun 22, 2001.

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Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., US Supreme Court Justice (1841-1935)

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