Weird Words, Part 11

Nincompoop Even though the word “nincompoop” is considered to be colloquial, it’s claimed that it has a very learned past. One account reports that it stems from non compos mentis, which is Latin for “not of right mind.” It’s claimed that it was once actually a legal term. The idea of a lawyer using thatContinue reading “Weird Words, Part 11”

Weird Words, Part 10

Foofaraw This word is said to have originated in the American West where it has been spelled as “fofaraw” and “froufraw.” There are also other spellings. In writings of the Pioneer West, it was used to describe the frivolous trinkets, baubles, and gewgaws (there’s another weird word) used in trade. It is also considered toContinue reading “Weird Words, Part 10”

Weird Words, Part 8

Hunky-dory That’s a word you don’t hear very often any more. I’ll call it a word and not a phrase because it is hyphenated. I’m not picking nits. It’s just that I like to make my article titles accurate and relevant to the body of the article. Really. Well, mostly anyway. Now, where was I?Continue reading “Weird Words, Part 8”

Weird Words, Part 6

Finagle I am hoping, really hoping, that quite a few of you use this word regularly. Hopefully, too, it isn’t just the over-the-hill crowd who uses it. I frequently think that my use of such words dates me. I mean I don’t look over-the-hill yet, right? Oh well, give it up Dianne. It’s a lostContinue reading “Weird Words, Part 6”