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Word of the DayLEGERDEMAIN (Noun, English) Skilled, dexterous use of the hands when performing magical tricks. Has also taken on a pejorative meaning of deceit or trickery. Note: Cited originally in English during the 16th century. From the French phrase 'léger de main' (light of hand).
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Among and Amongst
Posted on August 4, 2010 by achouston
English usage seems to be getting hipper and leaner. We’ve nearly lost our subjunctive mood (how many American English speakers even recognize this construction on the printed page?) and whom should certainly be on the List of Endangered Words. (Is … Continue reading →
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