fomite

Pronounced: FOH-mite, noun

Notes: A word I don’t know, but with an interesting background


Yesterday’s word

The word snollygoster is “a shrewd, unprincipled person”

First usage

This word goes back to the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

This is kind of a fun word to say; I may start using it for other drivers that do stupid things… “You snollygoster!” sounds fun. The origin is uncertain; however, some think it is a altered spelling of snallygaster, a mythical creature that preys on poultry and children, of Pennsylvania Dutch origin from schnelle geeschter, which in turn comes from German schnell (quick) and Geist (spirit).

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

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