Word of the Day – Mundivagant

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Mundivagant (adj)

mun-div-uh-gunt

That roams around the world.

A rare word that little is known about. Earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From classical Latin mundus world + vagant-, vagāns, present participle of vagārī to roam.

Example sentences

“She’s mundivagant, she worries if she stays still too long she’ll grow roots.”

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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