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#35486 - 07/20/01 12:38 PM Re: Ancient Wizard of Misuse??  
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Thanks, Andreaz!
Mumpsimus goes straight into my favourite words list!



#35487 - 07/20/01 01:33 PM Re: Ancient Wizard of Misuse??  
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Andreaz re : Mumpsimus

Excellent. Now I know will use at first opportunity and send friends scurrying to the dictionary. The excercise will benefit them! Thank you Andreaz


#35488 - 07/20/01 02:17 PM Re: Ancient Wizard of Misuse??  
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Defines my ex to a T --one of his favorite saying was
"Don't try and confuse me with all the facts-- I have already made up my mind"
he said it jest-- but at times it really defined how he operated.


#35489 - 07/20/01 03:25 PM Re: Ancient Wizard of Misuse??  

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why didn't o-rex fill us in earlier, i wonder? i guess his reasoning is that we'll only learn if we have to figger things out for ourselves.

http://wordsmith.org/board/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=words&Number=11705


#35490 - 07/20/01 04:22 PM Re: Ancient Wizard of Misuse??  
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>why didn't o-rex fill us in earlier, i wonder?

'cuz I were thrown off by the wizard thing, is why!
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#35491 - 07/20/01 04:52 PM Re: Ancient Wizard of Misuse??  
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The word is: mumpsimus (MUMP-suh-muhs) noun

Ha, I love it. I will have it embroidered on the strap of my golf bag to keep me on my game.

In the beginning I didn't know proper golf terminology so I would choose a stick (club), put my ball on my pick (tee), often go into the sand pit (trap), grunge (rough) and I rarely went in the middle (fairway) or near the flag (on the green).

Now here is the hic…I play golf with a couple of couple of guys who take the game way too seriously and I was getting a little too serious myself, until one day when I let out a 'tabernacle' after hitting into the woods. Well, I decided right there and then that this was just a game and NO reason to be getting all stressed about so I adopted my 'misnomers' as a gentle reminder that it IS just a game.

Next time one of the guys says, "why on earth don't you use the right terms?" I can honestly say it is a raging case of mumpsimusism.




#35492 - 07/20/01 05:00 PM Re: Ancient Wizard of Misuse??  
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OED2 adds (whimsically??)

3. attrib., quasi-adj. Stupidly conservative.
1680 R. Bolron Narrative 9 The Jesuits+are the most Zealous for the propagation of their Religion in their old Mumpsimus Way. 1821 Syd. Smith Wks. (1859) I. 330/2 All the fat and sleek people+the mumpsimus, and ‘well as we are’ people, are perfectly outrageous at being compelled to do their duty.



#35493 - 07/21/01 04:06 PM Re: Mumpsimus  
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It just gets better and better !! (Whoops of laughter!)


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