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Jun 8, 2021
This week’s theme
Words from nursery rhymes

This week’s words
Humpty Dumpty
tuffet
Mother Hubbard
sukey
Simple Simon

tuffet
Little Miss Muffet, 1884
Art: John Everett Millais

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tuffet

PRONUNCIATION:
(TUHF-it)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A clump of something.
2. A mound.
3. A low seat, stool, cushion, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
Diminutive of tuft, from French touffe (tuft). Earliest documented use: 1553.

NOTES:
The nursery rhyme goes:
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet ...
What was that tuffet? Nobody knows. Apparently, it was a mound, but it has been variously interpreted as a cushion, a stool, etc., and accordingly developed those senses in the English language.

USAGE:
“Richard Dormer is a hairy tuffet of charisma in the lead role.”
Robbie Collin & Tim Robey; Film; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Mar 30, 2013.

“‘Sharon 1975’ was painted when she was 40 and features her sitting on a tuffet and holding a single red rose.”
Mark Brunswick; Sharon Olson, Pinup Model; Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Oct 29, 2015.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions. -Frank Lloyd Wright, architect (8 Jun 1867-1959)

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