A Lackadaisical Lexicon for Laggard Logophiles
MUMPSIMUS
[noun]
1. adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorisation, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy; the act of (or a person who) following (follows) a routine, idea, custom, set of beliefs or a certain use of language after it has been shown to be unreasonable or incorrect. For example, a person may continue to pronounce “picturesque” as “picturesqueak”, even after being corrected by someone else.
2. a person who persists in a mistaken expression or practice; someone who obstinately clings to an error, bad habit or prejudice, even after the foible has been exposed and the person humiliated; also, any error, bad habit, or prejudice clung to in this fashion.
Antonym: sumpsimus.
Etymology: from a story, which perhaps originated with Erasmus, of an illiterate priest who said mumpsimus rather than sūmpsimus (1st plural perfect indicative of Latin sūmere - to pick up) while reciting the liturgy, and refused to change the word when corrected.
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MUMPSIMUS

[noun]

1. adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorisation, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy; the act of (or a person who) following (follows) a routine, idea, custom, set of beliefs or a certain use of language after it has been shown to be unreasonable or incorrect. For example, a person may continue to pronounce “picturesque” as “picturesqueak”, even after being corrected by someone else.

2. a person who persists in a mistaken expression or practice; someone who obstinately clings to an error, bad habit or prejudice, even after the foible has been exposed and the person humiliated; also, any error, bad habit, or prejudice clung to in this fashion.

Antonym: sumpsimus.

Etymology: from a story, which perhaps originated with Erasmus, of an illiterate priest who said mumpsimus rather than sūmpsimus (1st plural perfect indicative of Latin sūmere - to pick up) while reciting the liturgy, and refused to change the word when corrected.

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