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Jan 1, 2019
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
fabulist
numpty
rentier
fink
swellhead

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numpty

PRONUNCIATION:
(NUHMP-tee)

MEANING:
noun: A fool.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin. Perhaps alteration of numbskull, remodeled after Humpty Dumpty. Earliest documented use: 1985.

USAGE:
“Go see Raw before some Hollywood numpty tries to remake it.”
A Smart and Hilarious Horror Movie; Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand); Apr 22, 2017.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. -Joseph Campbell, professor and writer (26 Mar 1904-1987)

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