Pronounced: MIS-uh-bull, adj

Notes: This is a word I learned from my vocabulary sources. I didn’t know it when I first encountered it, but I’ve learned it. It was marginal as to whether or not to post it, but since I didn’t originally know it, I decided to go ahead and post it.

Yesterday’s word

The word gnomist means “a writer of aphorisms and clever sayings”

First usage

Our word came into English in the latter part of the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

I only knew of the folklore definition of gnome (little people that live in the earth). It turns out that there is a second dictionary entry for gnome that means “a short, pithy expression of a general truth; aphorism”. Whereas the first entry came from French, which came from Late Latin, which came from Greek, our word comes directly from the Greek word gnṓmē (judgment; opinion; purpose). This Greek word is actually the same one that traveled to Late Latin, to French, and then into English as the first dictionary entry. Curious as to how they word have the same origin, but different meanings.

Published by Richard

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

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