Pronounced: REH-troh-nim, noun
Notes: This is a fairly modern word to describe a relatively modern situation
The word rummy means, as a noun, “any of various card games in which the objective is to make sets or sequences of three or more cards”. As an adjective, it can mean
- a drunkard
- odd or unconventional
Background / Comments
The first adjective definition (drunkard) comes from ‘rum’. I think this word may be used in “It’s a Wonderful Life”; I also think I’ve run across it in a book somewhere. I also knew the noun (the card name). Its origin is unknown. The last adjective meaning (odd) is the one I didn’t remember, but as I write this, I seem to recall reading the phrase “a rum go” (an odd situation). The origin of this usage is also unknown.
The noun origin was seen in the early 1900s; the adjectives came into English in the mid-1800s, with the second one earlier than the first.