Saturday, March 14, 2009
All agree that it derives from a Charles Dickens book Martin Chuzzlehit which I have to admit never hearing of before. If we look at the Wikipedia entry we'll find a list of characters in the book.
The first to be introduced is Seth Pecksniff, a widower with two daughters, who is a self-styled teacher of architecture. He believes that he is a highly moral individual who loves his fellow man, but mistreats his students and passes off their designs as his own for profit. He seems to be a cousin of Old Martin Chuzzlewit. Mr. Pecksniff's rise and fall follows the novel's plot arc.
As a word that one goes on my list with petrichor, peristalsis, fescinnine and schadenfreude.
Let me know some of your favourite words.