snollygoster

Pronounced: SNOL-ee-gos-tuhr, noun

Notes: Another word I don’t recall hearing


Yesterday’s word

The word pococurante means “indifferent; nonchalant”

First usage

The word showed up as a noun in the mid-1700s; it was first used as an adjective in the early 1800s

Background / Comments

The word was first used as the name of apathetic character by Voltaire in Candide (1759); he chose his characters in that work to create allegories. The name Pococurante means “caring little” in Italian. The word was picked up by Laurence Sterne in English, and a later writer – Thomas Moore – used it as an adjective.

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

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