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20
Feb
2009
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 21, 2009 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>fugleman</strong> &#149; \FYOO-gul-mun\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: one at the head or forefront of a group or movement <br />
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<strong>Example sentence:</strong><br />
Yemelyan Pugachov emerged in 18th-century Russia as fugleman of a mass rebellion among his fellow Cossacks, serfs, factory workers, and religious dissidents.<br />
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<strong>Did you know?</strong><br />
A fugleman (adapted from the German &quot;Fl&#252;gelmann,&quot; literally &quot;wing man&quot; but commonly meaning &quot;file leader&quot;) was originally a soldier posted in front of a line of soldiers to serve as a model in their drill exercises. Today, with its more figurative meaning, the word is often used pejoratively as a synonym of &quot;mouthpiece&quot; or &quot;ringleader.&quot; &quot;Fugleman&quot; is by no means a common word, but it does appear in the occasional newspaper article.<br /><br />
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