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dinkum commented on the word grand panjandrum
WORD: grand panjandrum DEFINITION: See "panjandrum." Compare "Grand <a href="https://www.wordnik.com/words/poobah">Poobah</a>;", "Lord High <a href="https://www.wordnik.com/words/muckymuck">Muckymuck</a>;." ETYMOLOGY: "The Grand Panjandrum" is a <a href="https://www.wordnik.com/words/pseudo-">pseudo</a>-lordly title which dramatist Samuel Foote coined in 1755, an expression he inserted -- on the fly -- into a paragraph of nonsense words he was composing to test the self-proclaimed memorization skills of the actor Charles Macklin.
January 28, 2014
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