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  • 11:58:03 pm on April 22, 2010 | 0 | # |

    taupe: “dark brownish-gray color” = color of the animal mole, French taupe, from L. talpa “a mole.”

     
  • 06:49:57 pm on April 22, 2010 | 0 | # |

    confetti:  Italian confetti “sweetmeats,” from Latin confectum, “prepared” (cf. “confection”) – candy thrown during carnivals -> paper confetti!

     
  • 06:21:53 pm on April 22, 2010 | 0 | # |

    mediocre: French médiocre, Latin mediocris “middling,” originally “halfway up a mountain,” from medius “middle” + ocris “jagged mountain”

     
  • 05:53:52 pm on April 22, 2010 | 0 | # |

    bulimia = Latin būlīmia, from Greek βουλιμία  (ravenous hunger), from βους, ox + λιμός, hunger