Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Dictionaries Word of the Day: CHAMER


A stupid fellow, especially a stubborn one. "Stanley Reed was 'the Chamer,' which means fool, or dolt, or mule in Hebrew" (Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter's private code-term for fellow Justice Stanley Reed, as recalled by Philip Elman, Columbia Oral History Project, 1983). See also DOLT, FOOL, MULE, and SCHNOOK.

from Wicked Words by Hugh Rawson

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