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.
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.)