The Definition of Ironic

Ironic that SB Bill (Hinesburg SBs) sends this on the day that Grendel: The Four-Chord Opera makes its official debut!

A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg





noun: A mediocre musician.


From music + -aster (a pejorative suffix). Earliest documented use: 1838.


The pejorative suffix -aster (meaning something that is inferior, small, or shallow) gives us some delightful words when it comes to name-calling. A reviewer brands a poet a poetaster (an inferior poet) and the poet might call the reviewer a criticaster. There are also the terms mathematicaster and philosophaster, but let’s remember that a grandmaster is not an inferior grandma.


“It was no longer a sanctuary, but a howling place. … indigent musicasters … chanted unfortunately.”
J.K. Huysmans; En Route; Dutton; 1895.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It is by character and not by intellect the world is won. -Evelyn Beatrice Hall, biographer (28 Sep 1868-1956)

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