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 – Abnormous

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Abnormous (adj) (rare)

ab-nor-mus

Originally meant irregular, misshapen, but has come to mean overly enormous. Mainly US American use.

Earliest use of this is 1747 by bookseller Edmund Curll, thought to be from classic Latin abnormis.

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Word of the Day – Hooligan

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Hooligan (noun)

hoo-li-gun

A violent young trouble maker, often the member of a gang.

Fascinating etymology, hooligan comes from the Irish surname Houlihan. In the 1890s and through to the turn of the century, Irishman Patrick Hoolihan and his family ran riot in London to such an extent that their name became synonymous with disruptive and thuggish behaviour.

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