Wondrous Words Wednesday: Paul Gallico (2)

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) and interesting (to us, again) words we encountered in our readings. See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog!

My words for this week come once more from Scruffy by Paul Gallico. The book is full of curious words, so I’m only reporting some.


“Bumph!” he shouted. “Bloody, all-fired, eternal bumph! You’ve buried me in bumph. Every time I come to my desk in the morning there’s some bumph from you suggesting this, suggesting that, demanding this, that or the other.”

bumph: n. Brit. informal 1 useless or tedious printed information 2 dated toilet paper.

Bumph… although the character meant the other kind.
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He would nurse a drink or two, the boss would return, he would make his arrangements and no palaver would be involved.

palaver: n. 1 prolonged and tedious fuss or discussion 2 a parley or improvised conference between two sides.


It was indeed a farewell party that somehow he had been inveigled into staging.

inveigle: n. persuade by deception or flattery.


(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)


3 comments on “Wondrous Words Wednesday: Paul Gallico (2)

Ditelo con parole vostre/Let your words be heard

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