Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Smithereen

smith⋅er⋅eens

[smith-uh-reenz] Show IPA
–plural noun
small pieces; bits: broken into smithereens.
Also, smith⋅ers [smith-erz] Show IPA .

Origin:
1820–30; dial. smithers (< ?) + Hiberno-E -een dim. suffix (< class="ital-inline">-ín)

1 comment:

  1. You actually looked it up. LOL! Good one. Hugs.

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