Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Dictionaries Word of the Day: POOH-BAH


the holder of many offices simultaneously. The name is taken from the character, Pooh-Bah, in one of the famous Gilbert and Sullivan operas, The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu.

In the opera, Ko-Ko is nominated as the Lord High Executioner, and Pooh-Bah as "Lord High Everything Else."

This comic opera in two acts was first produced at the Savoy Theatre, London, on March 14, 1885.

from Word Origins: The Romance of Language by Cecil Hunt

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