Word of the Day – Vagarious

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Vagarious (adj) (rare)


Erratic and unpredictable in behaviour or direction.

Late 18thC, from the sense of changing, inconstant ‘vagary’.

Example sentences

“It was hard to keep up with his vagarious behaviour.”

“The vagarious regime was tiresome.”

Word of the Day – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)


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.

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)


A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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