anfractuous

Pronounced: an-FRACK-choo-uhs, adj

Notes: Another new word to me, but useful


Yesterday’s word

The word birminghamize means “to render artificial”

First usage

This word began to be used in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

Yes, it comes from the UK city of Birmingham… but why the meaning? In the 1600s, counterfeit coins were made there. There is a similar word that I think I have heard that comes from a corruption of Birmingham and that is “brummagem”.

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

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