deflagrate

Pronounced: DEF-luh-grate, verb

Notes: I thought this might be putting out a fire (I was wrong)


Yesterday’s word

The word scaramouch means “a boastful coward, buffoon, or rascal”

Background / Comments

This is another word from the Italian commedia dell’arte (Italian comic theater popular in the 1500s to 1700s). The character is Scaramouche – he was often beaten up by Harlequin.

First usage

The word showed up in the mid-1600s.

Published by Richard

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

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