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The Merriam Webster's word of the day for December twenty first. Today's word is Kowtow. Spelled Spelled K. O. W. T. O. W. Kowtow is a verb means to show obsequious deference to Fawn. It can also mean to kneel neil and touch the forehead to the ground in token of amish worship or deep respect. Here's the word used in a sentence from the Boston Herald by Jed gottlieb Cindy lauper wanted a hit record. She wanted one badly after polygram dropped her first band blue angel following a failed debut. You in one thousand nine hundred eighty but she wouldn't kowtow to music execs in pursuit of that hit. The word Kowtow originated as a noun referring referring to the act of kneeling and touching one's head to the ground as a salute or act of worship to a revered authority in traditional China. This ritual was performed performed by commoners making requests to the local magistrate by the emperor to the shrine of Confucius or by foreign representatives appearing before the emperor to establish trade relations in the late eighteenth century some western nations resisted performing the ritual which acknowledged the Chinese emperor as the son of Heaven. The word Kowtow was formed by combining the verb cow meaning to knock with the Noun. Tau Meaning Head with your word of the day. I'm Peter Sokolski visit Marian Webster Dot com today for definitions wordplay and trending word look ups

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