Word of the Day – Goombah

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Goombah (noun) (informal)

goom-baaaaaah

Strictly North American. An associate or accomplice, usually a senior gang member.

Origins unknown, possibly a dialect alteration of Italian compare ‘Godfather, friend, accomplice’.

Example sentences

“He’s the goombah, you’ll have to speak to him.”

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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