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July 3rd, 2019

Word of the Day 07/03/19 Dada

Dada (noun)
dada [ dah-dah ]


noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
1. the style and techniques of a group of artists, writers, etc., of the early 20th century who exploited accidental and incongruous effects in their work and who programmatically challenged established canons of art, thought, morality, etc.

RELATED FORMS
da·da·ism, noun
da·da·ist, noun
da·da·is·tic, adjective
da·da·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Origin: 1915–20; < French: hobby horse, childish reduplication of da giddyap

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DADA
The other day we got in the car and I had a CD on, and he said, “Dada, is that James Brown?”
KENTUCKY’S FINEST ANTIHERO: WALTON GOGGINS ON JUSTIFIED’S CHAMELEON VILLAIN|ALLEN BARRA|FEBRUARY 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST

At Performa, Shana Lutker revisits a wild Dada play that featured a nose and some lips.
A PERFORMANCE LIKE A PUNCH IN THE FACE|BLAKE GOPNIK|NOVEMBER 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST

Was one of Dada's fathers really such a mystery or did he show his true self in his art?
MAN RAY REVEALED|PHILIP GEFTER|NOVEMBER 12, 2009|DAILY BEAST

When the postmaster had finished his supper, the girl suddenly asked him: ‘Dada, will you take me to your home?’
MASHI AND OTHER STORIES|RABINDRANATH TAGORE

It was a battle between Dada and Gaga, and emphatically Dada must win.
PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, VOLUME 158, FEBRUARY 11, 1920|VARIOUS

Next Dada sent him to watch the cows as they grazed in the open meadow in the lowland, or among the dried grasses on the hillside.
OUR LITTLE PERSIAN COUSIN|E. CUTLER SHEDD

An old woman died, as old women will, and every one was asking “Who sent the evil spirit that destroyed poor old Dada?”
IN THE WRONG PARADISE|ANDREW LANG

Dada repeats to you things which you understand perfectly and these sound to you the very essence of wisdom.
THE CYCLE OF SPRING|RABINDRANATH TAGORE

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.

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