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24 January 2012 @ 01:22 am
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Pent up while I was on vacation...

doryphore, n.Pronunciation:/ˈdɒrɪfɔː(r)/ Forms:Also doriphore. Etymology: <French doryphore Colorado beetle (also used fig.), <Greek δορυϕόρος spear-carrier.The English sense was introduced by and particularly associated with Sir Harold Nicolson (1886–1968).  One who draws attention to the minor errors made by others, esp. in a pestering manner; a pedantic gadfly.

frog and toad, n.Pronunciation: Brit. /ˌfrɒg (ə)n(d) ˈtəʊd/,  U.S. /ˌfrɔg (ə)n(d) ˈtoʊd/, /ˌfrɑg (ə)n(d) ˈtoʊd/ Etymology: <  frog n.1 + and conj.1 + toad n., rhyming slang for road n. slang (chiefly Brit. and Austral.). Chiefly with the: the road.
1859  J. C. Hotten Slang. Dict. 143 Frog and toad, the main road.
1901 Truth(Sydney) 29 Sept. 7/3 If a Demon or a Crusher Ikes him by the frog and toad.
1971  F. Hardy Outcasts of Foolgarah 26 We'll have one for the frog and toad.
1991  J. O'Connor Cowboys & Indians (1992) 57 Jimmy said yeah, they'd be hitting the old frog and toad any minute themselves.
2007 Mirror (Nexis) 1 Sept. 8, Fancy going down the frog and toad for a pint of pig's ear?
darling  \DAHR-ling\  noun
1 : a dearly loved person
2 : favorite
The origins of "darling" can be found in the very heart of the English language; its earliest known uses can be traced back to Old English writings from the 9th century. Old English "deorling" was formed by attaching the Old English suffix "-ling" ("one associated with or marked by a specified quality") with the adjective "deore," the ancestor of our adjective "dear" ("regarded very affectionately or fondly," "highly valued or esteemed," "beloved"). English speakers appear to have developed a fondness for "darling" and have held on to it for over a thousand years now. And though its spelling has changed over time -- including variations such as "dyrling," "derlinge," and "dearling" -- "darling" has maintained its original sense of "one dearly loved."

fustian  \FUSS-chun\  noun
1 : a strong cotton and linen fabric
2 : high-flown or affected writing or speech; broadly : anything high-flown or affected in style
"Fustian" has been used in English for a kind of cloth since the 13th century, but it didn't acquire its high-flown sense until at least three centuries later. One of the earliest known uses of the "pretentious writing or speech" sense occurs in Christopher Marlowe's play Doctor Faustus when Wagner says, "Let thy left eye be diametarily [sic] fixed upon my right heel, with quasi vestigiis nostris insistere," and the clown replies, "God forgive me, he speaks Dutch fustian." The precise origins of the word "fustian" aren't clear. English picked it up from Anglo-French, which adopted it from Medieval Latin, but its roots beyond that point are a subject of some dispute.
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Albredaalbreda on January 24th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Fustian is technically a linen warp and cotton weft, fwiw.

(Not that I'm trying to be a doryphore or anything! ;)