Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


Dec 3, 2003
This week's theme
Words borrowed from Native American languages

This week's words
sachem
wampum
high-muck-a-muck
manitou
powwow

Get help with your crosswords
Crossword Helper
Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

high-muck-a-muck

PRONUNCIATION:
(HY-muk-uh-muk) Pronunciation

MEANING:
noun: An important, high-ranking person, especially one who behaves in a pompous or arrogant manner.
(also high-mucky-muck, high-muckety-muck, high muckamuck, muck-a-muck, muckety-muck, etc.)

ETYMOLOGY:
From Chinook Jargon hayo makamak (plenty to eat), from hayo (ten or plenty) + Nootka makamak (eat, food, the part of whale meat between blubber and flesh.

USAGE:
"You also need some high-muck-a-mucks on your team. It makes sense for a high-level HR manager to be included."
Jim Romeo; Less Pain, More Gain in ERP Rollouts; Network Computing (Manhasset, NY); Sep 17, 2001.

"Politicians, agency heads and identified high muckamucks decide which objectives to pursue and what directions and specific projects will fulfill those objectives."
Julia Steiny; It's Time to Spread the Wealth; Providence Journal (Rhode Island); Apr 25, 1999.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears. -Cato The Elder, statesman and writer (234-149 BCE)

The Book:
A Word A Day is now a book. Find it in your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

"A delightful, quirky collection." -The New York Times

Join Us:
Subscribe to A.Word.A.Day to receive it in your mailbox every day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail 

Interact:

Bulletin board
AWADtalk

Moderated Chat
AWADchat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith