Word of the Day – Jackanapes

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Jackanapes (noun)

jak-u-nay-ps

A cheeky or impertinent person.

Early 16th century (originally as Jack Napes): perhaps from a playful name for a tame ape, the initial n- by elision of an ape (compare with newt), and the final -s as in surnames such as Hobbes: applied to a person whose behaviour resembled that of an ape.

Example sentences

“The grinning jackanapes is unstoppable and half mad with power.”

Word of the Day – Anathema

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Anathema (noun)

an-ath-em-a

Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes/ A strong curse.

Early 16th century: from ecclesiastical Latin, ‘excommunicated person, excommunication’, from Greek anathema ‘thing dedicated’, (later) ‘thing devoted to evil, accursed thing’, from anatithenai ‘to set up’.

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