WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Blunder

One of my favorite movies is The Princess Bride. It’s equal parts snarky, comedic, and lovely. I think I spent the better part of my high school years quoting it at random moments. The inconceivably erudite Vezzini gives perfect illustrations of this week’s word.

Vizzini and his classic declaration of blunders, The Princess Bride, 1987.

Vizzini and his classic declaration of blunders, The Princess Bride, 1987.

 

Blunder (noun)

Source is mid-14c., from the verb blunder “to stumble about blindly,” from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse blundra “shut one’s eyes.” Meaning “make a stupid mistake” is first recorded 1711.

The word bull is defined in many ways in Francis Grose’s 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue; one usage means blunder.

Bull. A blunder; from the story of Obadiah Bull, a blundering London lawyer during the reign of Henry VII. The false hair worn by women was also called a bull, and we all know what a monumental fashion blunder those were.

 

All definitions and/or examples taken from Online Etymological DictionaryCant: A Gentleman’s Guide, and/or 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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