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Word of the Day: "doyen"

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doyen \DOY-en; DWAH-yan\ noun
     : The senior member of a body or group.
     : One who is knowledgeable or uniquely skilled as a result of long experience in some field of endeavour.

doyenne \doy-(Y)EN; dwah-YEN\ noun
     : A woman who is a doyen.

Etymology:
      French, from Late Latin decanus, "dean". Circa 1670.



This word jumped out at me because it brought back memories of buying my full sized violin at this little shop on Alma Street and W. 12th Ave. The Doyen Violin Shop. =)

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badkarma_05
Jan. 26th, 2002 12:26 pm (UTC)
You play the violin? That's excellent. I need to move where the woman are more interesting.
bride
Jan. 26th, 2002 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re:
Yeah, I played for nine years before school got too hairy... but I'm not that interesting. =P
badkarma_05
Jan. 26th, 2002 06:43 pm (UTC)
You should meet some of the fascinating people around here!
bride
Jan. 26th, 2002 09:48 pm (UTC)
You mean the ones who gesture wildly with certain central manual appendages while speaking loudly and frenziedly in a foreign language?

We have those here too.

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