Word of the Day: effigy

Word of the Day: effigy

: a representation or image, usually of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)


The word effigy has appeared in 20 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 8 in “‘No More Parties’: Mexico’s Piñata Makers Badly Bruised by Pandemic” by Oscar Lopez:

But there, bursting like flowers amid the ashen buildings, they hang in row upon row: piñatas, painted every color, from bright fuchsia to midnight blue to Baby Yoda green. On the sidewalk, a Spiderman piñata stands beside Batman, while Mickey Mouse leans against Sonic the Hedgehog.

And included among the copyright-be-damned cartoon characters, superheros and doe-eyed Disney princesses is a more recent addition to the Mexican piñata repertoire. Painted lime-green with a gold crown, spikes erupting in all directions, the coronavirus glares at passers-by.

… Transforming a deadly virus into a comic effigy might strike some as a risky business move, especially in a country with the world’s third-highest Covid-19 death toll. But Mr. Mena said his customers welcomed a chance to pummel a stand-in for an adversary that has wreaked havoc on the economy and devastated whole communities.

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