mooncalf

Pronounced: MOON-kaf, noun

Notes: I hadn’t heard of this word


Yesterday’s word

The word nomenclator means

  • a book containing collections or lists of words
  • one who gives names to or invents names for things
First usage

This word came into English in the mid-1500s

Background / Comments

In ancient Rome, a nomenclator (Latin for “name caller” from nomen [name] and calare [to call]) was to call out or whisper the names of people as they approached a candidate during a political rally – whether this was just for information of the candidate, or if it was an effort to make the candidate look good is not really known. Today, it is a job title for one who creates new names for things; usually applied to those who help create a nomenclature (a system of terms for a particular discipline).

Published by Richard

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

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