|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: An important or self-important person.
ETYMOLOGY:The word is said to have been coined by dramatist and actor Samuel Foote (1720-1777) as part of a nonsensical passage to test the memory of his fellow actor Charles Macklin who claimed to be able to repeat anything after hearing it once. Earliest documented use: 1825, in the novel "Harry and Lucy Concluded" in which the author Maria Edgeworth attributes the word to Foote.
USAGE:"Another man coming to hear Fry was Graham Turner, the owner, chairman, former manager and grand panjandrum of Hereford United."
Brian Viner; Unexpected Frictions Follow Ferguson's Fall; The Independent (London, UK); Nov 14, 2009.
Explore "panjandrum" in the Visual Thesaurus.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Why is it that one can look at a lion or a planet or an owl or at someone's finger as long as one pleases, but looking into the eyes of another person is, if prolonged past a second, a perilous affair? -Walker Percy, author (1916-1990)
Contribute | Advertise
© 2013 Wordsmith