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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

clishmaclaver: Word of the Day
Dec. 15, 2015

clishmaclaver Audio Pronunciation
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\klish-muh-KLEY-ver, kleesh-\
1. Scot. gossip; idle or foolish talk.
I have heard Thatcher's voice on the evening news suddenly cut through the clishmaclaver of an Edinburgh pub, abruptly stilling the conversation, and causing a dark flush to spread collectively up the necks of its grim listeners.
-- Alastair Reid, "The Scottish Condition," The Wilson Quarterly, Volume 18, 1994
Clishmaclaver is a combination of the terms clish-clash and claver, both of which mean "gossip." It entered English in the early 1700s.
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