Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

19-10-2007 • 2 minutos

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 19, 2007 is: pasquinade • \pass-kwuh-NAYD\  • noun 1 : a lampoon posted in a public place 2 : satirical writing : satire Examples: The article, a pasquinade mocking the proposed education reform, generated a lot of mail from readers. Did you know? In 1501, a marble statue from ancient times was unearthed in Rome and erected near that city's Piazza Navona. The statue depicted a male torso and was christened "Pasquino" by the Romans, perhaps after a local shopkeeper. It became a tradition to dress up the statue on St. Mark's Day, and in its honor, professors and students would write Latin verses that they would then post on it. Satires soon replaced these verses, and the Pasquino statue became a prime location for posting anonymous, bitingly critical lampoons. In the mid-17th century, these postings became known in English as "pasquinades" (from the Italian "pasquinata"). The term has since expanded in usage to refer to any kind of satirical writing. *Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at