eleemosynary

Pronounced: eh-lih-MAH-suh-ner-ee, adj

Notes: I think I’ve run across this word in my reading… it’s a good one to read


Yesterday’s word

The word whipjack means “a beggar who pretends to be an out-of-luck sailor”

First usage

This word came into English in the mid-1500s

Background / Comments

It is thought that the word comes from whip (to flog) and jack (man; worker). Even if that is true, I don’t see how this origin came to its meaning.

Published by Richard

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: