Word of the Day: antimacassar

Good morning, and happy Monday. It was a tiring yet relaxing weekend; I worked all morning Saturday and had a wonderful Saturday afternoon sitting and drinking beers on a restaurant patio overlooking a river. Yesterday I did a lot of reading, and finished off the weekend peacefully. The rest of my summer weekends are almost entirely planned out – although I won’t be doing any major travelling, mostly just in Maine and New England. Anyway, to this week’s words.

This week’s words are all toponyms, or, words derived from names of places. We’ll be traveling to Italy, Indonesia, Spain, Israel, and then to a place in the United States. So stay tuned, and enjoy your week.

antimacassar (an-ti-muh-KAS-suhr)
noun: a piece of covering placed over the back or arms of a seat to protect from hair oil, dirt, etc.

From anti- (against) + Macassar oil (a hair oil), said to be made from ingredients from Macassar (now spelled as Makassar), a city in Indonesia. Earliest documented use: 1852.

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“We take taxis home. There are antimacassars on the back of the seat.”
Japan: Lost in a Dream; The Sunday Independent (Johannesburg, South Africa); May 3, 2015.

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