[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,
2. Stiffness; formality.
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
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-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
Robert Louis Stevenson; The Story of a Lie; 1879.
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