Friday, January 18, 2008


To add to your verbal arsenal:

jobbernowl (JOB-uh-nowl) noun
A blockhead.
[From French jobard (stupid, gullible), from Old French jobe (stupid) + noll (top or crown of the head).]

from Anu Garg (words at who will send you a word-a-day if you sign up.

"That he pays not the least regard to the requirements of convention marks him out as either a superior soul or a right down jobbernowl."

Soseki Natsume; I Am a Cat; Tuttle Publishing; 2002.

It's so close to Lewis Carrol's "jabberwocky" that I can't help but think of Alice in Wonderland when I see it, though. And I run the distinct risk of calling someone a jabberwock instead of a jobbernowl.

No worries. I'm sure they'll get the general idea.

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