I love words.
Ok, stating the obvious here… But, because of this, I subscribed to a newsletter that delivers a word “du jour” in my mailbox every morning, courtesy of the Merriam-Webster website.
That’s where I learnt about “vespertine” lately. And Biff Sock Pow said it was the first time he heard about the word. You might not know Biff personally (Shame on you… click on that link right away!!) but the man is the guardian of all the almost forgotten English words! Now, I suspect him of just being nice when he says he didn’t know about “vespertine”, and wanting to make me feel special, but hey! Anything’s possible 🙂
So… Anyway! If Biff didn’t know about vespertine, that means that Merriam-Webster’s doing a pretty good job digging to suggest me picks that are sure to impress if I ever end up playing Scrabble in English.
Today’s word is Popinjay. Ooook. Moving straight to the definition;
A strutting supercilious person.
Really? “Supercilious” person? And strutting nonetheless! Well, it seems I got an as-seen-on-tv-like 2 for 1 deal today. Cool! So I went looking for supercilious’ definition.
Cooly and patronizingly haughty.
Ok. This is a joke. I never claimed to be perfectly fluent in English, but I feel like my vocabulary is not the worst in town… Yet, “haughty” doesn’t ring a bell to me. Back to the search engine…
Blatantly and disdainfully proud.
I’m starting to think that I should just rely on Biff, and forget about Merriam-Webster’s newsletter. Not that it is making me feel stupid, but… Yeah, a little, still.