banausic \buh-NAW-sik\ adjective – Serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical: architecture that was more banausic than inspired. Origin: Banausic comes from the Greek word bánaus meaning “artisan, mere mechanical.” It entered English in the 1820s.
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Bildungsroman \ BIL-doongz-roh-mahn \ noun – A type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist. Origin: Bildungsroman stems from the German word of the same spelling. The word bildung means “formation,” and the word roman means “book.”
tawpie \TAW-pee\ noun – A foolish or thoughtless young person. Origin: Tawpie comes from the Swedish word tåbe meaning “a simpleton.”
scherzando \ skert-SAHN-doh \ adjective – Playful; sportive. Origin: Scherzando comes from the Italian word scherzare meaning “to joke.” It entered English in the early 1800s.
glutch \gluhch\ verb – To swallow noun – A mouthful Origin: Glutch is of unknown origin. It was first used in southwestern England in the early 1800s.