Friday, August 10, 2007

Breastsummer--noun

I've been checking Wordsmith's "A-Word-A-Day" for a couple of weeks now. I thought I might improve my vocabulary. Well, today's word is surprising. It looked like an interesting word for a plastic surgeon on a hot summer day. It's meaning did not live up to the word for me. Still, here it is... (photo credit)
breastsummer (BRES-sum-uhr, BREST-, BRES-e-muhr) noun
A horizontal beam supporting a wall over a large opening, such as a shop window.
[From breast (in architecture, part of a wall between a window and the floor) + Old French somier (packhorse, beam), from Latin sagma (packsaddle).]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

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