sward

Pronounced: swawrd, noun

Notes: I get this word wrong because it looks to me like a combination of “sword” and “swath” and it’s not related to either.


Yesterday’s word

The word prodnose means, as a verb, “to pry”. As a noun, it refers to “a prying person”.

First usage

This word came into English in the 1950s

Background / Comments

This word came from a character named “Prodnose” that appeared in columns of J B Morton writing under the pen name “Beachcomber”. These articles appeared in the Daily Express, a tabloid newspaper in the UK. Perhaps the word is more common in the UK than in the US. As I said, I don’t think I’ve ever run across this word.

Published by Richard

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

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