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