The obscure word of the week is mirliton

look_it_up_T httpwww.clipartpal.comclipart_pdeducationdictionary_10586.htmlThis week’s obscure English word is mirliton.

It’s a noun – the name of a musical instrument, similar to a kazoo, in which sound is produced by a vibrating membrane.

Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word.

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5 thoughts on “The obscure word of the week is mirliton

  1. Challenge accepted: “The tassels of their mirlitons streaming in the wind, the hussars charged towards the enemy.”

    This incident is shown in pictures on my blog here:

    But obviously we’re not talking about the same type of mirliton! My mirliton is a tall felt hat with a cloth streamer, which was worn by hussars (light cavalry) in the eighteenth century.

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    1. It’s a versatile word! I believe mirliton is also the name of a kind of vegetable, which conjures up various bizarre images of hussars riding into battle wearing their dinner instead of their hats…


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