spinous

Pronounced: SPY-nuhs, adj

Notes: I knew that this word meant “having spines (or prickles or thorns)”, but there is another meaning that I did not know, so it’s been listed


Yesterday’s word

The word eiron means “a person characterized by self-deprecation and awareness of irony”

Background / Comments

The word comes from the same source as alazon: Eiron is another stock character in ancient Greek comedy. Eiron is the opposite to Alazon, and triumphs over him using his self-deprecation and feigned ignorance.

First usage

This word came into English in the mid-1800s (you’d think they words would have come in together, but they are about 50 years apart)

Published by Richard

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

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