Definition of Sumpsimus

1. Noun. A correct expression that takes the place of a popular but incorrect expression. "He preferred his erroneous but pleasing mumpsimus to the correct sumpsimus"

Generic synonyms: Expression, Locution, Saying



Lexicographical Neighbors of Sumpsimus

sump pits
sump pump
sump pumps
sumped
sumph
sumphish
sumphs
sumping
sumpit
sumpitan
sumpitans
sumpits
sumplike
sumps
sumpsimus (current term)
sumpter
sumpters
sumption
sumptions
sumptuarily
sumptuary
sumptuary tax
sumptuosities
sumptuosity
sumptuous
sumptuously
sumptuousness
sumptuousnesses
sumpweed

Literary usage of Sumpsimus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The True Theory of Rent in Opposition to Mr. Ricardo and Others: Being an by Thomas Perronet Thompson, James Mill (1829)
"... the least the universities can do is to teach the old sumpsimus. As long as the accredited guardians of learning stand aloof from a ..."

2. The Revision Revised: Three Articles Reprinted from the Quarterly Review : I by John William Burgon (1883)
"... to our ' sumpsimus,' let them by all means have it: but pray let them keep their rubbish to themselves,—and at least leave our SAVIOUR'S words alone. ..."

3. Modern English by Fitzedward Hall (1873)
"Point out, be it ever 1 When using mumpsimus and sumpsimus, I have so often been asked, in conversation, what I alluded to, that, perhaps, the following ..."

4. The Boke Named The Gouernour by Thomas Elyot (1883)
"... for it had been ignored for thirty years by a certain unlearned priest, who all that time had been in the habit of reading mumpsimus for sumpsimus (ie ..."

5. Shakespeare Jest-books: Reprints of the Early and Very Rare Jest-books by William Carew Hazlitt (1864)
"One of the Masters of Art said : Master Parson, you must say sumpsimus ... for thy new sumpsimus. So they went to dinner, & the Parson said to Scogin: I ..."

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