January 30th, 2017

MLP - What Went Wrong

Sunday Word: Numpty

nump·ty [ˈnʌmptɪ]:
origin: Scottish

numpty photo: NUMPTY NUMPTYNOW.jpg


noun
Some say it's Scotland's favorite word, although I've had others assure me that their favorite word begins with an "f".

At any rate, numpty means stupid, but specifically the kind of idiocy that tries to do (or say) something and is not getting proper results; an aggravatingly ineffectual person. It can be used in a joshing manner or to show serious anger.

"No. That wisnae wit she meant, ya big numpty!"

There is a similar Yiddish term for this idea, a schlemiel.

Monday word: deuterostome

deuterostome (do͞o′tə-rō-stōm′), noun

Any animal of the group Deuterostomia, in which the anus develops from the first opening in the embroyo and the mouth develops later.

Starfish and sea urchins are examples of detuerostomes.  As are humans, all mammals, and the creature depicted below (and described in this article).

Etymology:  Latin, deutero, second + stoma, mouth