Word of the Day – June 11, 2012

blandishments (noun)

BLAN dish mints

expressions of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart

There are regular mealtimes on air liners just as there are on boats and trains, and in between times it has been found wiser to keep the wolf at bay with fruit-store blandishments. On the twenty-four hour run between Chicago and Oakland, three meals are served — dinner over Iowa, breakfast over Utah, and lunch over Nevada — and the company takes no chances. It dictates the menus, provides the stewardesses to set the meals up punctually, and, incidentally, it foots the bill.
Francis Vivian Drake     February 1933

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