white elephant

Pronounced as you expect

Notes: I very nearly left this word out of the list, because I know the meaning, but I didn’t have a clear understanding of the origin, and I found it interesting.


Yesterday’s word

The word coffle means “a line of slaves or animals fastened together”

Background

This word comes from the Arabic word qāfila (caravan or traveling companion).

First usage

This word first appeared in the very late 1700s.

Published by Richard

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

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