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  1. Ucalegon(Noun)

    A neighbor whose house is on fire or has burned down.

  2. Origin: From Ucalegon, from Οὐκαλέγων. He was one of the Elders of Troy, whose house was set on fire by the Achaeans when they sacked the city. He is one of Priam's friends in the Iliad (3.148) and the destruction of his house is referred to in the Aeneid (2.312).

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  1. Ucalegon

    Ucalegon was one of the Elders of Troy, whose house was set afire by the Achaeans when they sacked the city. He is one of Priam's friends in the Iliad, and the destruction of his house is referred to in the Aeneid. He is referenced in the Satires of Juvenal. His name in Greek is translated as "doesn't worry." The name has become a word for "neighbor whose house is on fire," and Will Shortz, editor of The New York Times crossword puzzle, has stated that it's his favorite word in the English language.

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