While cleaning out my files I came across a number of torn out pages from various magazines. One was from an old issue of Readers Digest with a list of words; some of which I found particularly interesting. My personal comments are at the end of each explanation, after the dash.
pooh-bah – pompous, self-important person; an official holding many offices at the same time After Pooh-Bah, a character in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. -This made me wonder how many other words evolved from movie, TV, or book characters.
jeremiad – long list of woes or complaints, ex: His book was a melodramatic confessional and jeremiad. After Jeremiah, Biblical Hebrew prophet who lived from the seventh to sixth century B.C. -Now I have to go back and read Jeremiah to see if that’s all he was known for–complaining.
putative – supposed; believed to be; as…
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