Word of the Day – Dingbat

By February 12, 2017Word of the Day

Dingbat (noun)

ding-bat

A stupid or eccentric person: A typographical device other than a letter or numeral (such as an asterisk), used to signal divisions in text or to replace letters in a euphemistically presented vulgar word.

Origin
Mid 19th century (in early use applied to various vaguely specified objects): origin uncertain; perhaps based on ding. dingbat is probably by association with ‘having bats in the belfry’.

Example sentences

“Hopefully the rightwing-o-sphere’s infatuation with this dingbat will be over soon.”

“I still find it funny when I come across an obscenity which has been the victim of a literary bleep; using a couple of dingbats in a four letter word does not lessen its impact.”

Word of the Day – Emancipate

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Emancipate (verb)

ee-man-sip-ait

Set free, especially from legal, social or political restrictions.

Early 17th century: from Latin emancipat- ‘transferred as property’, from the verb emancipare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + mancipium ‘slave’.

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Word of the Day – Chimaera

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Chimaera (noun) (also Chimera)

kai-mee-ra

(in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. (modern biology) An organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation.

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek khimaira ‘she-goat or chimaera’.

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