Pronounced: HUG-uhr MUG-uhr, noun/adj/verb/adv

Notes: I own a game called “hugger-mugger”, but I did not know the meaning of the word

Yesterday’s word

The word rejectamenta means “things or matter rejected as useless or worthless”

First usage

Our word came into English in the early 1800s

Background / Comments

Our word reminds me of a line from the Sherlock Holmes story – The Blue Carbuncle that runs “I can hardly see what use the disjecta membra of my late acquaintance are going to be to me.” (Until I looked it up, I couldn’t remember the exact phrase, but it’s still pretty close in sound). Our word comes from the New Latin word rējectāmenta (things thrown back); it is the plural of rējectāmentum. These nouns comes from the verb rējectāre (repeated rejection) from rējicere (to reject).

Published by Richard

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

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