an obscure, affectedly or ostentatiously erudite borrowing from another language, especially Latin or Greek.
Reclaiming A Derogatory Term
This woman shows us how to reclaim a derogatory term that has been used to call people timid or meek. Watch her rhymed explanation as to why this word is anything but feeble.
Who Coined the Term Fashionista?
In light of a recent article about the birth of the word “fashionista” in which Stephen Fried apologized for coining the term, we’d like to delve into the -ista suffix in hopes of understanding why English speakers combine it with certain words. But first, let’s look at “fashionista.” This word originally appeared in Stephen Fried’s 1993 biography of supermodel Gia Carangi. He invented it as …
Origin of inkhorn term
First recorded in 1535–45
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an affectedly learned and obscure borrowing from another language, esp Greek or Latin
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