Word of the Day – Pleb

By January 9, 2017Word of the Day

Pleb (noun)

pleb

(Derogatory) An ordinary person, especially one from the lower social classes.

Mid 17th century: originally as plural plebs, from Latin plebs the common people. Later a shortened form of plebeian.

Example sentences

“Due to the mix up we plebs got to mingle with the hoity-toity in the VIP area.”

“He considers everyone outside his social circle to be plebs and incapable of rational thought.”

Word of the Day – Bunkum

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Bunkum (noun)

bun-kum

Nonsense, untrue

Mid 19th century (originally buncombe): named after Buncombe County in North Carolina, mentioned in an inconsequential speech made by its congressman solely to please his constituents ( c 1820).

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Word of the Day – Grandiloquent

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Grandiloquent (adj)

gran-di-lo-kwent

Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.

Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis ‘grand’ + loqui ‘speak’. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.

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