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a herring.
a sauce or relish made from small herring or anchovies.
a simpleton or fool.
a male given name, form of .
Contemporary Examples

This is How the NRA Ends alec McGillis, The New Republic A bigger, meaner gun control movement has arrived.
The Week’s Best Longreads for June 1, 2013 David Sessions May 31, 2013

Then, lifting his head from his hands, he said, “Open the letter, alec; it is for us both.”
Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show Robert W. Chambers February 19, 2014

I thought Jon Stewart did a terrific job, and I thought Steve Martin and alec Baldwin were fine together.
Patton Oswalt Sounds Off On Stand-Up’s Critics and Why Comedians Should Win Oscars Marlow Stern December 26, 2013

This is a terrible and surprising question, but is alec Baldwin really that boring?
‘Up Late with Alec Baldwin’ is a Snooze Lloyd Grove October 11, 2013

The problem wasn’t the hosts, Steve Martin and alec Baldwin, both of whom people said were pretty good.
Ticket to the Oscar After-Party Jacob Bernstein March 7, 2010

Historical Examples

alec remembered too, and his voice once more grew hard and cold.
The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham

Good old alec, he didn’t believe in anything he couldn’t touch.
The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison

She danced up to her mother and kissed her, and before Mrs. Simpson could change her mind, Cindy grabbed alec’s hand.
We Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run James Arthur Kjelgaard

He would have to remember the pun to tell alec Diger later, if there was a later.
The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison

alec went to pay a brief visit to his mother, and Prince Michael was left alone with the rugged old General.
A Son of the Immortals Louis Tracy

A Language with an Extensible Compiler
American Legislative Exchange Council


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  • Aleck

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  • Alecto

    one of the Furies. Historical Examples Alecto is scornfully dismissed by Juno, who causes war to be formally declared (649-747). The Aeneid of Virgil Virgil Juno, as in the neid, delegated the work of vengeance to Alecto. Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3) Thomas Babington Macaulay Their names were Alecto, Megra, and Tisiphone, […]

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