Favorite Words Buried in Books

amadan

Exercise care when using this word.  Young Marie, heroine of Alice McDermott’s Someone, had her mouth washed out with soap–twice–after her mother caught her using it.  Poor Marie was just appropriating the word from her neighbor, Pegeen Chahob, who used the word to describe herself, in particular her habit of habitually falling.  According to Pegeen, an amadan is a fool.

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