punalua

Pronounced: poo-nuh-LOO-uh, noun

Notes: This word looks a bit like luau, but it isn’t


Yesterday’s word

The word procrustean means “tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means”

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1600s

Background / Comments

Our word means “like Procrustes”; Procrustes was a robber who invited people to rest in his bed, but then he either stretched their limbs or amputated them in order to make them fit the bed. Thus, we get the meaning of our word.

Published by Richard

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

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