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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: Someone who indulges in vain and empty chatter.
Via French and Spanish from Arabic babbaga (parrot). The last syllable changed to jay because some thought the word referred to that bird instead of a parrot. Earliest documented use: 1322.
“If the polls are to be believed, an intellectually unserious popinjay born on third base tops the field of candidates for the Republican nomination for president.”
Tony Norman; Trump’s Delusions Will Catch up to Him; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania); Jul 21, 2015.
See more usage examples of popinjay in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:One does not advance the swimming abilities of ducks by throwing the eggs in the water. -Multatuli (pen name of Eduard Douwes Dekker), novelist (2 Mar 1820-1887)