[ModLib] a Timely word

Toby G Levy tobylevy at juno.com
Tue Sep 18 20:55:36 EDT 2007


from the word-a-day mailing list today:

buckram (BUK-ruhm) noun
 
   1. A stiff cotton fabric used in interlining garments, in bookbinding,
etc.
 
   2. Stiffness; formality.
 
verb tr.
 
   1. To strengthen with buckram.
 
   2. To give a false appearance of strength, importance, etc.
 
 
[Of uncertain origin. Perhaps after Bukhara, Uzbekistan, a city noted for
textiles.]
 
Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=buckram
 
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
 
  "Dick and his father were henceforth on terms of coldness. The upright
   old gentleman grew more upright when he met his son, buckramed with
   immortal anger."
   Robert Louis Stevenson; The Story of a Lie; 1879.


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