Pronounced: MISS-truhl (alt: mih-STRAHL), noun

Notes: I remember reading a short story that used this word, but the definition doesn’t exactly line up with the definition

Yesterday’s word

The word pundit means

  • a learned person
  • a person who offers commentary or judgments as an expert on a certain topic
First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1600s

Background / Comments

The alternate spelling pandit was unknown to me. I have heard the “talk circuit” referred to (sarcastically, I thought) as “the pundit circuit”. So, I thought the word referred to a person who seemed to be an expert, or pretended to be one. This idea is pretty close to the second definition; the first one was unknown to me. Our word comes from the Hindi word pandit, which came from the Sanskrit word pandita (learned).

Published by Richard

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

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