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  • He may have drawn on the Italian suffix, -uncolo, a diminuitive with negative connotations.

    June 7, 2012

  • Definition: noun, a young virgin. (from the OED)

    Example: "Mainly architectural, the beauties of Oxford. True, the place is no longer one-sexed. There are the virguncules of Somerville and Lady Margaret's Hall; but beauty and the lust for learning have yet to be allied." - Zuleika Dobson, by Max Beerbohm.

    (The only citation in the OED is from this book; it is listed in the OED as a "nonce-word".)

    June 6, 2012