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Pronounced: ESS-tuh-vate, verb Notes: I didn’t originally know this word, but I think I’ve run across it multiple times, so it was marginal, but I added it Yesterday’s word The word Struwwelpeter is “a personStruwwelpeter with long, think, disheveled hair” (think of the famous picture of Einstein with his hair all wild) First usage OurContinue reading “estivate”


Pronounced: STROO-uhl-pea-tuhr, noun Notes: Even if you don’t know the definition, I’m sure you can guess at the origin of this word Yesterday’s word The word gallinipper is “any of various insects that sting or bite, especially a large southern US mosquito” First usage Our word came into English in the late 1600s Background /Continue reading “Struwwelpeter”


Pronounced: GAL-uh-nip-er, noun Notes: I’ve not run across this word… it may be a bit of a cheat Yesterday’s word The word Mrs. Grundy refers to “an extremely conventional or priggish person” First usage This word came into English in the early 1800s Background / Comments As I said, I think I’ve run across theContinue reading “gallinipper”

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