Todays Word: poetaster

Word: “poetaster”

PRONUNCIATION:

(POH-it-as-tuhr)

MEANING:

noun: An inferior poet.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Latin poetaster, from Latin poeta (poet), from Greek poietes (poet, maker), from poiein (to make) + -aster (pejorative suffix). Earliest documented use: 1601.

USAGE:

“In the title story, a poetaster suffering from ‘chronic acuteness’ is rushed to the hospital before his verse does much harm.”
Anthony Bukoski; Average Joes Wind Up in ‘Hospital’; Star-Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota); May 3, 2009.

“You have revealed yourself to the world as a conceited little poetaster.”
Simon Barnes; Rooney No Longer in Control of Fame Game; The Times (London, UK); Sep 13, 2010.

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