toxophilite

Pronounced: tahk-SAH-fuh-lite, noun

Notes: I know of at least one recent high-school graduate who should know this word… do you?


Yesterday’s word

An unperson is “a person regarded as nonexistent”

Background / Comments

This comes from George Orwell’s book “1984”; he coined this word as a noun. A much more common synonym is nonperson.

First usage

Although the verb form goes way back to the mid-1600s (meaning “to depersonalize”), it was first used as a noun in 1949.

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

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