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Russell Blackwood
Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 3:44 pm Reply with quote
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Very Happy The Webster's Dictionary Word of the Day for for May 20, 2005 is:

Grand Guignol \grahng-gheen-YAWL (the "ng" is not pronounced, but the vowel is nasalized)\ noun

: dramatic entertainment featuring the gruesome or horrible

Example sentence:
Part fairy tale and part Grand Guignol, the film had a bizarre overall effect that many viewers found very disturbing.

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The name "Guignol" springs from a popular French puppet whose name became synonymous with puppet theater in 19th century France. The Guignol character (who is still popular among children) has a mercurial temperament ? quick to anger, but equally quick to forgive. In the late 19th century, the Th??tre du Grand Guignol, located in the Montmartre section of Paris, opened. The theater's name means literally "large puppet theater" although it didn't feature puppets but real people in gory one-act performances of murder and mayhem ? the "adult" version of Guignol. Today we use "Grand Guignol" generally to mean entertainment of the horror-show variety. We also use it as a modifier meaning "gruesome" or "horrifying."

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