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February 22nd, 2015
Episode 115 of 848 episodes
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 22, 2015 is: lampoon \lam-POON\ verb : to make the subject of a satire : ridicule Examples: Trevor writes for a humor Web site that lampoons celebrities from film, music, and television. "One has to be just a hair off center to fully appreciate Portlandia. The Peabody Award-winning sketch comedy series lampoons the hipster lifestyle and stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen." Michael Storey, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, January 8, 2015 Did you know? Lampoon can be a noun or a verb. The noun lampoon (meaning "satire" or, specifically, "a harsh satire usually directed against an individual") was first used in English in 1645. The verb followed about a decade later. The words come from the French lampon, which probably originated from lampons, the first person plural imperative of lamper ("to guzzle"). Lampons! (meaning "Let us guzzle!") is a frequent refrain in 17th-century French satirical poems.