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Apr 3, 2018
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Coined words

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droog
blatant
hotsy-totsy
frumious
boondoggle

Title page of The Faerie Queene
Title page of The Faerie Queene
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blatant

PRONUNCIATION:
(BLAY-tuhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Conspicuously obvious or offensive.

ETYMOLOGY:
Coined by the poet Edmund Spenser (1552/1553-1599) in his epic poem The Faerie Queene, perhaps from Latin blatire (to chatter). Earliest documented use: 1596.

USAGE:
“Corruption takes many forms; in some countries it is blatant, in others it is barely visible.”
Murk Meter; The Economist (London, UK); Oct 28, 2010.

See more usage examples of blatant in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral. -John Burroughs, naturalist and writer (3 Apr 1837-1921)

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