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 – 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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