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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOT

It is a mot that one hears every language spoken in Rome, except the Italian!

This waiting for the mot d'ordre from a set of fellows who work in the dark is not to my humor.

The mot was very pretty, in French, and well turned was n't it?

"You have a nice instinct for the mot juste," she informed him.

Not Osric nor Iachimo detests the mot propre more than Sidney.

"Mot d'ordre," repeated the sentinel, barring the way and not replying.

It was not a double-entendre, but a mot of triple ambiguity.

And pleased at this mot, the poet bowed coldly, and went on.

Have we not here the mot to the enigma, the clue to the mystery?

The duchess's mot even got into a picture paper, and everyone laughed about it.

WORD ORIGIN

"a witty saying," 1580s, from French mot (12c.) "remark, short speech," literally "word," cognate of Italian motto, from Latin mutum "grunt, murmur" (see mutter). Mot juste (1912) is French, literally "exact word," the precisely appropriate expression in some situation.

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