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today's wwftd is... doyen

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  • tsuwm
    the worthless word for the day is: doyen [F., doyenne is the feminine form] 1) the eldest or senior member of a group 2) a person uniquely skilled by long
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      the worthless word for the day is: doyen

      [F., doyenne is the feminine form]
      1) the eldest or senior member of a group
      2) a person uniquely skilled by long experience
      in some field of endeavor
      3) something which is the best of its kind

      "Through adjoining walls he can hear the voices of his
      colleagues, raised like his own: boisterous Frau Doktor
      Blankenheim, retired teacher, recent Buddhist convert
      and doyenne of the reading circle; pallid Herr Stettler,
      cyclist and erotomane; Michel Delarge from Alsace,
      unfrocked priest."
      - John le Carré, Absolute Friends (2004)

      "Some public figures not in holy orders, such as.. the
      doyen of espionage authors John LeCarré.."
      - Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great (2008)

      -tsuwm
      http://home.comcast.net/~wwftd
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