poetaster

Pronounced: POE-it-as-ter, noun

Notes: This word looks familiar; I may have posted this same word a couple of years ago when I had these on Facebook (I cannot guarantee that I’ll never repeat a word)


Yesterday’s word

The word subrogate means “to substitute one person or entity for another in a legal claim”

First usage

This word goes back to the mid-1400s

Background / Comments

Our word makes me think of a smashed together “substitute” and “abrogate”. In fact, it comes from the Latin word subrogare, which is composed of sub- (in place of) and rogare (to ask; to propose a law). So, I had the parts of the word correct (abrogate also comes in part from rogare), but I could not figure out a meaning from those two words.

Published by Richard

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

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