Discussion in 'Burke's Bastion' started by Jaybird, Apr 28, 2011.
A throwback to Macrobius's old Speakeasy thread.
slubberdegullion - just because I like the way it rolls off the tongue.
A word so arcane and outright sassy, it has been left for the rarest of rare breeds - Insulting English's Ammon Shea - to save from the dungheap of history:
A heavy and dim witted person. It sounds rather like some fabulous creature out of a nineteenth-century children's fiction, but alas, the Jobberknowle is about as ethereal as a tollbooth clerk, If the reader wishes to see one, all he or she has to do is call the phone company and have another line installed; they'll send one right over.
Job"ber*nowl`\, n. [OE. jobbernoule, fr. jobarde a stupid fellow; cf. E. noll.] A blockhead. [Colloq. & Obs.] --H. Taylor.
The book I was referring to spells it with an e at the end. They could be wrong, or it could be that was the original spelling. I'm guessing the latter, as word freaks are usually anal about these things.
My Random House dictionary from '66 fails to mention the word.
When I got the book (which I got for making online insults), I guess about 7-8 years ago, I looked it up in my old dictionary and online and found nothing, either. There was absolutely nothing with that spelling even mentioned online at that time. I haven't encountered that before or since with a word that I've actually read in a book that wasn't in olde English or something.
Here's a good one that I often have a hard time remembering:
The use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning (e.g., see with one's eyes), either as a fault of style or for emphasis.
redundancy - redundance
snarf: a pervert of great practice vis a vis the offending redolence of a she-baboon's banana seat on its circus tricycle. My friend's dad used it as a term of endearment, when he wasn't beating the child he suspected wasn't his, and then defined it as if he had taken a break for us peasants to guffaw, whilst shatting the best joke that any of us had heard uttered. Still, it became a word of common usage thereafter, and for many years.
noun \ˈnigrəˌtüd, -ə‧ˌtyüd\
Full Definition of NIGRITUDE
: intense darkness : blackness
Origin of NIGRITUDE
L nigritudo, fr. nigr-, niger black + -tudo -tude