The obscure word of the week is comportment

This week’s obscure English word is comportment. With an o, not an a. It’s related to ‘deportment’ and derives from old French, and it refers to the way people move, implicitly indicating they have higher social status. It is, of course, obsolete in modern times, but comporting oneself properly – thus revealing superior social status … More The obscure word of the week is comportment

The obscure word of the week isn’t always in the dictionary

I’ve been running this obscure word of the week column for a while – and there is no danger of it running out. I am fully armed with the entire 11-volume 1933 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary – in its 1970 ‘small print’ edition, and the entire Webster’s Third New International. Be afraid. Be … More The obscure word of the week isn’t always in the dictionary