It derives from the Spanish
papagayo, parrot, and it has come to denote a
"vain, talkative person"; what word is it?
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
English speakers now call them parrots,
but they used to call them popinjays. The first recorded use
of the former is from 1525; the latter's first recorded use is from
The word popinjay derives from the Spanish
papagayo, which in turn derives from the
Arabic babagha, which in turn derives from the
Persian babgha, parrot.
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