Word of the Day – Pleb

By January 9, 2017Word of the Day

Pleb (noun)

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(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.”

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Word of the Day – Fandangle

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Fandangle (noun)

fan-dan-gul

A useless or purely ornamental thing: Nonsense.

Believed to have been derived from the Spanish dance Fandango which was adapted by the English to mean foolish in the early 19th century, perhaps by the Puritans of the time.

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Word of the Day – Clout

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Clout (noun)

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A heavy blow with the hand or a hard object: Influence or power, especially in politics or business.

(archaic) A piece of cloth or article of clothing which is the clout mentioned in the proverb; “ne’er cast a clout till May be out” with May more likely to mean the blossom of the Hawthorn than the month.

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Word of the Day – Filch

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Filch (verb)

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Pilfer or steal (something, especially an item of small value) in a casual way.

Middle English filchen to attack (in a body), take as booty, Old English fylcian to marshal (troops), draw (soldiers) up in battle array, derivative of gefylce band of men; akin to folk.

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