Bryan Garner, author of "Garner's Modern American Usage" tweeted this morning about two really fun words I thought I'd pass along:
"Two of my favorite words: 'ultracrepidarian' and 'mumpsimus.' They're closely related.
"ultracrepidarian = one who pretends to greater knowledge than he or she actually possesses; esp., a know-nothing know-it-all.
"mumpsimus = one who persists in error despite irrefutable correction. President. G.W. Bush was a mumpsimus when it came to saying 'nuclear.'"
Neither Webster's New World College Dictionary nor Merriam-Webster contained either word. But Dictionary.com had 'em:
Also, my new book is out today! It's called "It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences" and it's designed to help writers with their prose at the sentence level. I'm very excited!
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