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Thread #43422   Message #634409
Posted By: GUEST,Tony in Brussels
24-Jan-02 - 03:58 AM
Thread Name: BS: Another great word: pusillanimous
Subject: RE: BS: Another great word: pusillanimous
Oh, and another great word I have never understood or been able to find a definition of (help wanted!) - MAVEN.

Seems to be mainly used as a noun, or with a descriptor as a noun phrase, e.g. " a fashion maven". Doesn't seem to be very complimentary somehow, but for the life of me, I don't know why.

Bit like "merkin" I suppose... this rapidly changed from its original meaning to a term of insult.