Friday, May 08, 2009

New Word from Dr. J.

Today's word in the Dr. Johnson's Dictionary blog is jobbernowl:

"JOBBERNO’WL. n.s. [most probably from jobbe, Flemish, dull,
and nowl, [p]nowl, Saxon, a head.] Loggerhead; blockhead.
And like the world, men’s jobbernowls
Turn round upon their ears, the poles. Hudibras, p. iii."

I am determined to use this in conversation today.

1 comment:

Gregory McNamee said...

A variant, also worth working into daily conversation: “Don’t be a luddy-duddy! Don’t be a mooncalf! Don’t be a jabbernowl! You’re not those, are you?" (W.C. Fields, The Bank Dick)