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.

Example sentences

“The little rampallion wants to hope I never catch him”

Word of the Day – Carinate

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Carinate (adj)

ka-rin-ayt

Having a keel-like ridge.

(of a bird) having a deep ridge on the breastbone for the attachment of flight muscles. Contrast Ratite.

Late 18th century: from Latin carinatus ‘having a keel’, from carina ‘keel’.
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Word of the Day – Gerundive

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Gerundive (noun) (grammar)

jer-un-div

A form of a Latin verb, ending in -ndus (declinable) and functioning as an adjective meaning ‘that should or must be done’.

Middle English (in the sense ‘gerund’): from late Latin gerundivus (modus) ‘gerundive (mood)’, from gerundium (see gerund).

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