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 – 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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