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Friday, September 10, 2010

soupcon

\soop-SAWN\ , noun;
1.
A slight trace, as of a particular taste or flavor.
Quotes:
Perhaps Deneuve is too restrained to be a gay icon, but the little twinkle in her eye signals to the audience that her grandeur has to be taken with a soupcon of indulgent humour.
-- Peter Bradshaw, "Potiche: A French farce with feeling," The Guardian, September, 2010.
I did have a soupcon of brandy last night, but I felt I'd earned it for enduring the funeral.
-- Susan Howatch, Absolute Truths
Origin:
The ancestor of soupcon is also the Latin root for the English suspicion.
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