Word of the Day – Cispontine

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Cispontine (adj) (archaic)

sis-pont-ayn

On the north side of the Thames bridges in London, thought of as the better side.

From Latin, and completely archaic and virtually obsolete now. We thought we’d revive it just for the day.

Example sentences

“He thinks he’s better than us because he lives cispontine!”

Word of the Day – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)

ram-pal-ee-un

A ruffian, a villain, a rascal.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from ramp + -allion, perhaps showing alteration of rascallion by association with ramp. Perhaps compare later ramscallion, rapscallion, tatterdemalion.

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)

pa-raf

A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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