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Word of the Day — maquillage

This week's theme: Why use a simple word?

maquillage (ma-kee-AAZH) noun

   Makeup or cosmetics.

[From French maquillage (makeup), from maquiller (to apply makeup). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mag-/mak- (to knead, to fit)
that is also the source of words make, mason, mass, match, and mingle.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

  "Wearing black boots and black Levi's, chains around his wrist and neck, a striped vest, a goatee, and a Caesar haircut, Kevyn Aucoin, 31, the Michelangelo of maquillage, stares intently at his canvas, brush in hand.
   The canvas is the delicate face of Kate Moss."
   James Servin; The Face Maker; Harper's Bazaar (New York); Jan 1994.

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Pronunciation: http://wordsmith.org/words/maquillage.mp3

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