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Aug 13, 2021
This week’s theme
Words that look one part of speech but are other

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niddering

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niddering

PRONUNCIATION:
(NID-uhr-ing)

MEANING:
noun: A coward or wretch.
adjective: Cowardly.

ETYMOLOGY:
From erroneous reading of Middle English nithing, from Old English nithing, from Old Norse nidhingr, from nidh (scorn). Earliest documented use: 1596.

USAGE:
“Niddering Mary and her flock of timorous lambs at the Securities and Exchange Commission are punishing the wrong folks.”
Malcolm Berko; Crime and Lack of Punishment; Creators Syndicate; Jan 2, 2013.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. -Alfred Hitchcock, film-maker (13 Aug 1899-1980)

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