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Column: Nincompoops and knuckleheads

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The origins of the words we use every day are nothing short of wonderful. The words themselves are wonderful, too, the way you suddenly see one that has been right in front of you but you never noticed before.


Like the word “nincompoop.” Can there be a better sounding word for what this word describes? It seems to me that I use it more and more now that I’m retired.

Folks come up to me and ask if I’m still teaching, and I say, “No.”

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