What’s the Word #3 – Doryphore

March 2, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

doryphore (DOR-uh-for). (Click on the word to hear the correct pronunciation).

noun

1.  A pedantic and annoyingly persistent critic.
2.  One who draws attention to the minor errors made by others, esp. in a pestering manner.
ETYMOLOGY:
From French doryphore (Colorado beetle, a potato pest), from Greek doruphoros (spear carrier). The author Harold Nicolson brought the word to English in its current sense. Earliest documented use: 1952.
USAGE:
“Ernie is constantly irksome because he’s nothing more than a doryphore?”
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