I've subscribed to Merriam-Webster's "word of the day" emails for a long time now (http://www.facebook.com/merriamwebster), it's an interesting way to learn new words.
Today the word of the day was one I've never heard of but it's got a Nights related etymology. I think they've got the Barmecide history a bit wrong but then again the information on them is fairly scant. One thing is for sure there are a lot of derogatory things written about the Barmecides, owing perhaps to the speculated slight that Jafar gave to Harun Al Rashid. This English word appears to be a continuation of that negative portrayal.
"The Word of the Day for July 19 is:
Barmecidal \bahr-muh-SYE-dul\ adjective
: providing only the illusion of abundance
The tax rebate is a Barmecidal windfall, coming as it does in the wake of new hidden taxes on consumer goods and services.
Did you know?
"Barmecide" is the name of a family of princes in a tale from The Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights' Entertainment). One prince in the family torments a beggar by inviting him to a fabulous feast, at which all the dishes are imaginary. The poor man plays along with his malicious host, pretending to get drunk on the imaginary wine; he then gets even by knocking down the patronizing royal."