newgate

Pronounced: NOO-gate (alt: NYOO-gate), verb/noun

Notes: This word is another one I didn’t know, but it made sense after I saw the origin


Yesterday’s word

The word rodomontade, as a noun, means “boasting, bragging or talking big”. As an adjective, it means “blustering and pretentious talk”

First usage

This word goes back to the early 1600s

Background / Comments

Our word came into English from Middle French, and into Middle French from Italian Rodomonte, the boastful king of Algiers in the epics poems Orlando innamorato and Orlando furioso. As I noted yesterday, I’ve run across this word in the Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout.

Published by Richard

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

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