impignorate

Pronounced: im-PIG-nuh-rate, verb

Notes: Well, my guess was to impersonate a pig (wrong!)


Yesterday’s word

The word maffick means “to celebrate with boisterous rejoicing and hilarious behavior”

Background

The word maffick is an alteration of Mafeking Night, the British celebration of the lifting of the siege of a British military outpost during the South African War (also called the Boer War – technically, the Second Boer War) at the town of Mafikeng (also spelled Mafeking) on 17 May 1900. The lifting of the siege of Mafikeng was a significant victory for the British because they held out for over 200 days against a superior force (the siege ended when British reinforcements arrived). There was great rejoicing in Britain, and it created our word. It was popular in journalistic circles, but is a relatively uncommon word today.

First usage

This word started to be used in the early 1900s

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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