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Sep 28, 2017
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
drama queen
illiterati
dastard
samfie
mammothrept

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samfie

PRONUNCIATION:
(SAM-fee, -fy)

MEANING:
noun: A swindler or a conman.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin, perhaps from a West African language. Earliest documented use: 1929. The word is typically used in the form “samfie man”.

USAGE:
“The investor himself might turn out to be a samfie-man, a big-talking con man who’d carry the village down even further.”
Gillian Royes; The Sea Grape Tree; Atria Books; 2014.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is always more goodness in the world than there appears to be, because goodness is of its very nature modest and retiring. -Evelyn Beatrice Hall, biographer (28 Sep 1868-1956)

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