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Saturday & Sunday Word: Niggardly & Hobbledehoy

nig·gard·ly (ˈnɪgədlɪ):
origin: (14th-15th Century) Old Norse, hnoggr= miserly

1. ungenerous with time, money, etc; mean; given grudgingly.
2. miserly; scanty or meager in an avaricious manner.

*note: significantly predates racial slur of a similar sound, though still avoided in modern vernacular to avoid potential offense (USA).

hob·ble·de·hoy (ˈhɒb əl diˌhɔɪ):
origin: (1530–40) origin unknown

1. A gawky adolescent boy.
2. Ill-mannered youth.

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Tags: adjective, h, n, noun, old norse, origin unknown, wordsmith: theidolhands

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