Jan. 16th, 2017

cockalorum

Jan. 16th, 2017 07:21 am
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Theme week: boasting.


cockalorum (kok-uh-lawr-uhm) - n., a self-important little man; bragging talk, braggadocio.


Entered English in 1715 as a mock-Latinate word (when it was used to describe the Marquis of Huntly, a Highland scion also known as the Cock of the North), but it's uncertain whether the word that was given the genitive plural ending -ōrum was the English cock, being a very strutty bird, or obsolete Dutch/Flemish kockeloeren, to crow. Any possible application to current events is left to you.

---L.

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