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YOUR DAILY VOCABULARY WORD

NABOB

nābäb

n.

1 : a provincial governor of the Mogul empire in India
2 : a person of great wealth or prominence

Origin: 
1605–15;  < Hindi — nawāb.  See nawab

“We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig. Cow after cow. Village after village. Army after army. And they call me an assassin. What do you call it when the assassins accuse the assassin? They lie. They lie, and we have to be merciful, for those who lie. Those nabobs. I hate them. I do hate them.”

— Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now {1979}

2 Responses to “YOUR DAILY VOCABULARY WORD”

  1. Sieg Says:

    “Nattering nabobs of negativism” is one of the most popular turns of phrase associated with U.S. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, who served under Richard Nixon until resigning in October 1974, after pleading no contest to charges of tax fraud. Agnew, who had a particularly acrimonious relationship with the press, used this term to refer to the members of the media, whom he also deemed “an effete corps of impudent snobs.”

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  2. Damien Says:

    I am really enjoying the daily vocab porn……. more :)

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