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 – Proxemics

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Proxemics (noun)

prok-sem-iks

The branch of knowledge that deals with the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others.

1960s: from proximity, on the pattern of words such as phonemics.

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Word of the Day – Palomino

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Palomino (noun)

pa-lo-mee-no

A pale golden or tan-coloured horse or pony with a white mane and tail, originally bred in the south-western US.

Early 20th century: from Latin American Spanish, from Spanish palomino ‘young pigeon’, from Latin palumbinus ‘resembling a dove’.

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