Todays Word: panjandrum

Word: panjandrum

PRONUNCIATION:

(pan-JAN-druhm)

MEANING:

noun: An important or self-important person.

ETYMOLOGY:

The word is said to have been coined by dramatist and actor Samuel Foote (1720-1777) as part of a nonsensical passage to test the memory of his fellow actor Charles Macklin who claimed to be able to repeat anything after hearing it once. Earliest documented use: 1825, in the novel “Harry and Lucy Concluded” in which the author Maria Edgeworth attributes the word to Foote.

USAGE:

“Another man coming to hear Fry was Graham Turner, the owner, chairman, former manager and grand panjandrum of Hereford United.”
Brian Viner; Unexpected Frictions Follow Ferguson’s Fall; The Independent (London, UK); Nov 14, 2009.

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