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  1. ptosis profile image79
    ptosisposted 2 weeks 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 image81
      Live to Learnposted 2 weeks 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 image79
        ptosisposted 2 weeks 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 image81
          Live to Learnposted 2 weeks 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 image79
            ptosisposted 2 weeks 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 image81
              Live to Learnposted 2 weeks 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 image79
                ptosisposted 2 weeks 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 image95
          wildernessposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

          My ears are burning!

 
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