Word of the Day – Mundungus

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Mundungus (noun) (archaic)

mun-dun-gus

Tobacco of poor quality, bad smelling.

Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From mondongo or its etymon Spanish mondongo.

Example sentences

“You can tell old Bob has been in here with his mundungus, it stinks!”

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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