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Wow! I’m totally impressed, the English language is such a beautiful thing. Thanks to the webcartoon Questionable Content number 36 I learned the word defenestrate.

Merriam-Webster says:

Main Entry: de·fen·es·tra·tion Listen to the pronunciation of defenestration
Pronunciation: \(ˌ)dē-ˌfe-nə-ˈstrā-shən\
Function: noun
Etymology: de- + Latin fenestra window
Date: 1620

  1. a throwing of a person or thing out of a window
  2. a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office)

English rocks!

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 15, 2008 at 8:03 am

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