Word of the Day – Mimping

By February 17, 2017Word of the Day

Mimping (noun)

mim-ping

Affectedly dainty behaviour, primness: Speaking in a prissy manner, usually with pursed lips.

First used in the mid eighteenth century and attributed to David Garrick (1717–1779), actor and playwright mimping has fallen out of use and is now considered archaic.

Example sentences

“To watch them mimping about you’d never believe these were accomplished boxers.”

“His mimping overwhelms anything the man has to say; I cannot help but compare his mouth to a cat’s behind.”

Word of the Day – Procellous

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Procellous (adj) (rare)

pro-sell-us

Stormy, turbulent.

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Goffe (?1591–1629), playwright and Church of England clergyman. From French † procelleux from classical Latin procellōsus stormy from procella + -ōsus.

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Word of the Day – Antinomy

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Antinomy (noun)

an-tin-o-mee

A contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox.

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘a conflict between two laws’): from Latin antinomia, from Greek, from anti ‘against’ + nomos ‘law’.

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