de minimis

Pronounced: dee MIH-nuh-muss, adj

Notes: I keep wanting to start the word “day” instead of “dee”. Also, this word makes me think of the phrase “de mortuis” (more about it tomorrow)

Yesterday’s word

The word bavardage means “chattering; gossip”

First usage

The word came into English in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

As I noted yesterday, our word reminded me of “badinage”, a word I think I first ran across on the show Babylon 5. Anyway, “badinage” refers to “light playful banter”, so it is not our word. Our word comes from the French word bavarder (to chatter), which came from bavard (talkative), which came from bave (saliva, drivel).

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

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