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Aug 25, 2011
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Words to describe people

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parvenu
nubile
mountebank
losel

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losel

PRONUNCIATION:
(LOA-zuhl, LOO-, LOZ-uhl)

MEANING:
noun: One that is worthless.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English losen, past participle of lesen (to lose). Earliest documented use: 1362.

USAGE:
"For she had borne me to a losel vile,
A spendthrift of his substance and himself."
Dante Alighieri; The Divine Comedy; 1308-1321.
Translation: Henry F. Cary; 1805-1814.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
All know that the drop merges into the ocean but few know that the ocean merges into the drop. -Kabir, reformer, poet (late 15th century)

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