I is for Ignoramus

Does anybody use this word anymore? It’s such a great word! It’s the first person plural present indicative in Latin (which is why I’ve never studied Latin) for ignore, and it means “a deliberately or callously ignorant person”. If I don’t know which fork to use because I don’t know there IS such a thing, I’m ignorant. If I should know but don’t bother to learn, I’m an ignoramus.

Wonder if the search engine I just used (not Google) is ignorant, an ignoramus, or what, when it just returned me this sponsored result:

“Get great deals on Ignoramus. Shop eBay today!”

Meanwhile, it’s Tuesday, so I’m posting at Fatal Foodies today about ipecac.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: An ignoramus tries to pass himself (or herself) off as an expert.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “I is for Ignoramus

  1. Holly Jahangiri

    April 10, 2012 at 12:46pm

    Why am I suddenly composing an Oratorio in my head? It sounds a bit like Carmina Burana, but is a parody in which the chorus belts out “Ig-no-rah-moos!”

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  2. Damyanti

    April 10, 2012 at 8:21pm

    I use it, when I want to abuse somebody without really meaning it 🙂

    –Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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