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Sunday, March 01, 2009

lampoon

\lam-POON\ , noun, verb;
1.
a composition that imitates or misrepresents someone's style, usually in a humorous way
2.
a light, good-humored satire
verb:
1.
ridicule with satire
Quotes:
Attendees typically lampoon US presidents with grotesque puppets and caricatures.
-- LA Times
Origin:
by 1645, from French lampon, of unknown origin, said by French etymologists to be from lampons "let us drink," popular refrain for scurrilous 17th century songs, from lamper "to drink, guzzle," a nasalized form of laper "to lap." The verb is first attested by 1657.
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