Month: June 2016

turncoat

The first written use of this term was by J. Foxe in Actes & Monumentes in 1570, where it was defined as: “One who changes his principles or party; a renegade; an apostate.”  Opposing armies usually wear uniforms of contrasting colors to prevent soldiers getting killed by  ‘friendly fire.’ Thus the term ‘turn-coat’ indicates that an individual has changed sides…

sapiosexual

This word does not appear in my 2004 Random House Unabridged Dictionary. But sources on the Net define it as, “One who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature.” Since I love the idea of making up words, I went looking for definitions and opinions. The opinions were not exactly flattering. A shibboleth used by poseurs attracted to the appearance…