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Fedoras to mullets: decades of fashion words

 

It can be pretty difficult to keep track of current fashion trends; it seems as soon as you finally become accustomed to…

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Word of the day envenom
Pronunciation: ɪnˈvɛnəm
verb
put poison on or into; make poisonous

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