Word of the Day – Rampallion

By January 22, 2018Word of the Day

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 – Minarchy

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Minarchy (noun)

min-ar-kee

Minimal government; specifically a (hypothetical) form of government that does not interfere with individual rights and civil liberties, and that has itself no right to levy taxes upon legitimately acquired property.

1960s; earliest use found in Ralph Borsodi (1888–1977). From min- + -archy.
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