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Paraphernalia

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  • Paraphernalia are specific objects needed to do a specific activity. It can also be defined as personal belongings. It is a mass plural, but can be used as singular or plural in a sentence.

    Derivatives of paraphernalia include the adjectives paraphernalian and paraphernal.

    History

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    The original definition of paraphernalia was anything belonging to a bride beyond her dowry, borrowed directly from the Latin. It was in the late eighteenth century that the definition changed to its current state.

    Examples

    Fascinated by space flight, Andora also trained as a cosmonaut while collecting the curious reserve of books, space suits, photographs and paraphernalia. [Wired]

    Throughout a night of tossing and turning, I discovered an overabundance of books, toys and dolls had also joined us. I’m quite positive that co-sleeping never involved this amount of paraphernalia – or fatigue. [The Queensland Times]

    Jones, 32, was arrested Saturday in Smith County, Mississippi, and charged with driving under the influence, possession of synthetic marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department in South Carolina said. [CNN]

    A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of “Harry Potter” paraphernalia was named the world’s largest. [Pueblo Chieftain]

    In addition to the guardianship, Carlos Jr.wants the Dasmarinas house at 1225 Acacia St. to be sold, according to his own’s counsel submission, along with the family-owned Builders’ Centre in Legaspi Village, despite a pending court petition of the Carlos matriarch for quieting of title on the Dasma house as her paraphernal property. [INTERAKSYON]

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