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This week's theme: eponyms -- words coined after someone.
ragamuffin (RAG-uh-muf-in) noun
Someone, especially a child, in ragged, dirty clothes.
[After Ragamoffyn, a demon in William Langland's 14th century poem Piers Plowman.]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"There were ragamuffins filled with certainties on every streetcorner and philosophers in every coffeehouse." Earl Shorris; A Nation of Salesmen; Harper's (New York); Oct 1994.
That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not. -James Kern Feibleman, philosopher and psychiatrist (1904-1987)