The obscure word of the week is ‘fig’, but not ‘fig’ as in fruit

The obscure word this week is fig. No really. Let me explain. Yes, it’s a well known type of fruit. But it had a meaning in the nineteenth century in reference to military uniform – from ‘figure’, as in ‘cut a fine figure’. It was also used to mean ‘condition’, as in ‘fine fig’. I’ve … More The obscure word of the week is ‘fig’, but not ‘fig’ as in fruit

The obscure word of the week is flagitious

There are over a million individual words in English. Most of them are quite obscure and deserve better attention than they get. This week’s is flagitious. It means criminally evil, a word deriving from Middle English and thence Latin, ‘flagitium (‘a shameful crime’). Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this … More The obscure word of the week is flagitious