In the Reverse
of the Medal, Captain Aubrey incorrectly defines
ptarmigans as: "those contentious froward,
cross, overbearing women." What word was he actually trying to define?
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.
The word termagant denotes a quarrelsome, scolding woman. It
derives from the name of a fictitious Muslim god portrayed as a turbulent and
overbearing character in medieval plays. The character became associated with
women because of its long Middle-Eastern robes.
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