Sep 27, 2011

WORD OF THE WEEK: Tatterdemalion

Summary: Fun, games, Broadway musicals and word learning—it's all inside today's post on the word tatterdemalion.

 In an effort to get back in the swing of things and jump-start my return to weekly word blogging, I took a little timeout today to play some online word games. (Stay tuned for a future post on some of the fun ones.) It worked! Not only did I enjoy myself, I learned a new word—the whole goal all along, of course: tatterdemalion.

For anyone who's ever seen Les Miserables, or even ever seen a poster for the musical, a tatterdemalion is not something new to you ... at least not in imagery.

You may better know a tatterdemalion by its other more common name:

Tatterdemalion (TAT - ter - deh - MAYL - yuhn) – (n.) raggamuffin; a person dressed in shambles or loose, bedraggled clothing.

It's likely related to its obvious cousin tatter—though at least one source questions whether its true ancestor may be Tartar, as in gypsy or vagabond. Wherever it came from, it entered English in the very early 15th century.

So, in closing: Happy 25th anniversary, Les Mis!

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