Issue was taken recently when a certain person came up with a couple of novel ideas for stemming the flood of coronavirus victims and literally hundreds of members took to the Twitter boards, so here’s what one of the UK’s most loved and respected lexicographer and etymologist had to say:-
“While Toilet Duck and Dettol are trending, here’s a reminder of the word ‘ultracrepidarian‘: one who consistently offers opinions and advice on subjects way beyond their understanding.”
ULTRACREPIDARIAN – An ultracrepidarian is a person who offers opinions beyond their own knowledge. It can also be used as an adjective describing such a person. This word is used in situations when someone is speaking as an authority on a subject that they have only limited knowledge of.
Next up is another word featured in my recent reading…
“You think?” he said with a sigh. “Course, we will. But we did the same at the Davies apartment and came up bupkis. I can see why you’re thinking murder, though.”
BUPKIS – means absolutely nothing. It comes from the Yiddish bobkes, meaning nonsense or nothing, and it emerged in English during the early 20th century. It began as North American Jewish slang, but it’s now used more broadly, often for humorous effect.
And rounding off this post, another word from my recent reading – and at this point I was still on the first page! I just assumed that this was the name of a place, however, when I came to check out a few of the other place names mentioned in the text, this word wasn’t amongst them.
…he was ordered by a Dutch officer to supervise the transport of inmates from the municipal jail in Jember and, arriving at Wonokromo station in Surabaya after a nine-hour journey, he dragged the corpses of suffocated prisoners from the goods train, he found the body of an Indo friend who had blown his brains out because his girl had slept with a Dutch soldier, and, amid the chaos of Bersiap, he killed young men with whom he had a score to settle. But for him the worst thing was when the neck of his guitar broke.
BERSIAP – Bersiap is the name given by the Dutch to a violent and chaotic phase of the Indonesian National Revolution following the end of World War II. The Indonesian word bersiap means ‘get ready’ or ‘be prepared’. The Bersiap period lasted from August 1945 to December 1946.
Wondrous Words Wednesday … Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading. It is hosted by Kathy, over at ‘BermudaOnion’s Weblog’.
You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.
Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments as well, so that we can visit and share your words of the week!
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