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  1. ptosis profile image72
    ptosisposted 12 months ago

    mammothrept

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (MAM-uh-thrept)

    MEANING:
    noun:
    1. A spoilt child.
    2. A person of immature judgment.

    ETYMOLOGY:
    From Latin mammothreptus, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek mammothreptos (brought up by one’s grandmother), from mamme (grandmother) + trephein (to bring up or nourish). Earliest documented use: 1601.

    USAGE:
    “And having seen the parents I am impatient to see this youth, the fruit of their strangely unattractive loins: will he be a wretched mammothrept? A little corporal?”
    Patrick O’Brian; Master and Commander; Lippincott; 1969.

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    1. Live to Learn profile image78
      Live to Learnposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      This could be fun. We should find a new word for every day on Hub Pages. Here's one:

      Nihilarian

      A person who deals with things lacking importance (pronounce the ‘h’ like a ‘k’).

      I love the fact that the h is pronounced like a k. It makes me think of Nicolodean. Which plays to how you would view a person who fit the definition.


      Neither of our words could feasibly be used in a normal conversation without sounding as if we were a bit pretentious but, it's always fun to learn a new word. Yes?

      1. ptosis profile image72
        ptosisposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Yup, but dotard is now conversational again!

        dotard (ˈdəʊtəd)
        n
        a person who is weak-minded, esp through senility
        [C14: from dote + -ard]
        ˈdotardly adj

        1. Live to Learn profile image78
          Live to Learnposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Hmm. Haven't heard that one used in a sentence outside of your posts here but, I'm sure it will eventually catch on.

          Jargogle. - To jumble; confuse or mess up.

          1. ptosis profile image72
            ptosisposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            Reminds me of Gargoyle!


            tchotchke and chotchke
            n. a trinket or ornament. (From Yiddish.) Her whole house is filled with tchotchkes and old photographs.

            1. Live to Learn profile image78
              Live to Learnposted 12 months agoin reply to this

              Interesting that you say that. One of the definitions I saw for that word did have to do with gargoyles.

              Here's one I'm going to use in a sentence soon.

              winklepicker

              n. – style of shoe or boot with a sharp and long pointed toe.

              I wonder how the girls who think their shows are so fashionable will feel when I tell them this is one descriptive name for their footwear.

              1. ptosis profile image72
                ptosisposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                show shoes - tap dancing?

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                I find the above stupid shoes;

                inelegant
                having or showing a lack of physical grace, elegance, or refinement.
                "he came skidding to an inelegant halt"

                Yeah - with THOSE shoes - of course he will!, Probably poke his own eye in the process!
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        2. wilderness profile image99
          wildernessposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          My ears are burning!

 
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