by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Mal’apert, a. saucy; quick and forward.

Word in the Wild: “Get that malapert mutt away from my prizewinning show dog this instant!” I roared. The nerve! Letting that hound run about unchecked like that…

This word combines mal, meaning bad, and apert, meaning open or frank. It sounds as if a malapert person has an expertise in being inappropriately forward, doesn’t it?

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Keith January 30, 2010 at 8:46 pm

No problem. Thank you, I’m glad you enjoy my work. I will certainly keep an eye on your blog as part of my daily queue.


Heather January 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Thanks for your generous feedback, Keith. I just got back from checking out your blog, and I think your artistic take on etymology is delightfully whimsical – I’ll definitely be watching for upcoming posts.

Keith January 30, 2010 at 8:13 am

Hi there,

I just found your blog through Mighty Red Pen, and this looks like a great page. I love the design and, obviously, the content.


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