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Oct 21, 2021
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Eponyms

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brewstered
hoover
cookie monster
marplot
Panglossian

marplot
Charles Pasternak (left) as Marplot in The Busy Body production at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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marplot

PRONUNCIATION:
(MAHR-plot)

MEANING:
noun: A meddlesome person who spoils a plan by interference.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Marplot, the titular character in the 1709 play The Busy Body by Susannah Centlivre (1669-1723). Marplot means well and tries to help only to get in the way of others and foul things up. Earliest documented use: 1709.

USAGE:
“And if Ben tried to say they were surely now all past the age for such folly, the others would accuse him of being a marplot.”
Annie Burrows; A Scandal at Midnight; Harlequin; 2021.

See more usage examples of marplot in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We read books to find out who we are. -Ursula K. Le Guin, author (21 Oct 1929-2018)

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