The obscure word of the week is dammnum

This week’s obscure English word is dammnum.

It’s a word deriving from the Latin, and means a loss.

Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments, perhaps without the alliteration, using this word.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2019


3 thoughts on “The obscure word of the week is dammnum

  1. I overheard two women shoppers and thought one said a cuss word. As I started walking toward her, planning to reprimand her for using such language around children, I heard her friend say, “You’re always at a loss. Now pick one so we can go to lunch.” It was then I realized she had used the obscure word dammnum.
    Pathetic, I know, but you can’t blame a girl for trying. ~ Connie

    1. Hi Connie – thanks, unfortunately we don’t have Thanksgiving in New Zealand. Although, for some reason, retailers seem to have taken up the idea of ‘Black Friday’ sales with alacrity. Our nearest equivalent would be Christmas, where the requisite foods are meant to be lamb roast, cold ham and potato salad with mint sauce, and pavlova for dessert alongside the Christmas pudding. The ‘pav’ is basically sweetened vanilla merinque with whipped cream and seasonal fruit topping (classically, strawberries and Kiwifruit) and there was always a bit of a battle over whether it was invented here in NZ, or ‘across the ditch’ in Australia. The irony being that it probably came from Germany, via the USA before being picked up here around 1929 and evolving into the ‘national dessert’.

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