08 March 2021

Today in Language

As my reader(s) have no doubt noticed, I rather like to use the archaic word, "Snollygoster," to refer to dishonest people, particularly politicians. 

I find the word wondrously evocative, and believe that it should enter general use again.

Well, I must thank Susie Dent for informing me about another wonderful word that has fallen out of use, "Ultracrepidarian," which means someone who ……… Hell, it means almost every pundit on the planet earth with NY Times pundit Tom Friedman being the apogee (or perhaps nadir) of the form.


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