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Word of the Week: Antimacassar

By Matthew Smith, Reporter

Antimacassar is a mid 19th-century word. Both sections of the word are derived from English. Anti is opposed to and Macassar is an old type of oil used for hair. By using the two words from the prior sentence, we are able to deduce that the word’s meaning shares some correlation with preventing a mess of oil. This word refers to a cloth that is placed on the back of a chair to prevent the said mess. This cloth may also be used as an ornament. I hope you’ll concede that antimacassars hold some value. They’re not just ugly articles and poor decor choices you’ll find in some old person’s home.

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