obscurantism

Pronounced: uhb-SKYOOR-uhn-tiz-uhm (alt: ob-skyoo-RAN-tiz-uhm), noun

Notes: I was kind of close to the meaning, but not quite right


Yesterday’s word

The word jobbery means “the use of a public office for private gain”

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1700s

Background / Comments

I knew that “jobber” (from which our word comes) refers to someone who does odd jobs, but I wasn’t aware of the our word, whose origin is unknown.

Published by Richard

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

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