Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What's the Word Wednesday!



1520–30; from a story, which perh. originated with Erasmus, of an illiterate priest who said mumpsimus rather than sūmpsimus (1st pl. perfect indic. of L sūmere to pick up; see consume) while reciting the liturgy, and refused to change the word when corrected.
I can think of a few people who suffer from this particular malady :)

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