parergon

Notes: I didn’t know this word, but it is useful

Pronounced: pa-RUHR-gahn, noun


Yesterday’s word

The word boondoggle means

  • work of little or no value done to keep or look busy
  • a “make work” project, often based on favoritism
First usage

This word came into English in the 1930s

Background / Comments

It is known that this is an Americanism, but the exact origin is unclear: something that is a “boon” is a favor that is sought or a benefit.

Published by Richard

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

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