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Words of the Week

I’ve been reading Kerry Greenwood’s Trick or treat this week and have been expanding my vocabulary with it.
Here are my new words, with definitions supplied by Dictionary.com.

Sabra

A person born in Israel.

Piccaninny

[Origin: 1645–55; prob. ult. < Pg pequenino, dim. of pequeno small; as a word for “small child,” pickaninny and its variants are widespread in English-based creoles of the New World and West Africa; cf. Jamaican E pickney, West African E pickin small child]

According to the American Heritage Dictionary:

Used as a disparaging term for a young Black child.

In the context of the book it is not referring to a person at all, but to the state of daylight. It does make me wonder if this is one of those words that is culture dependent.

Manichean

–noun
1. Also, Man·i·chee
an adherent of the dualistic religious system of Manes, a combination of Gnostic Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and various other elements, with a basic doctrine of a conflict between light and dark, matter being regarded as dark and evil.

-adjective
2. of or pertaining to the Manicheans or their doctrines.

And there ends my expanded vocabulary.

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