Introductory Essay

In the Seventeenth Century We had a Word for it

If all the fools in Christendom or any cultural community came together and acted in extreme combined idiocy they could be described as behaving in ‘unasinously‘, a word with only one single quotation in the OED from 1616 but which the lexicographer Susie Dent suggests is surely due for a comeback. It means “united in stupidity” and comes from the latin unus, “one”, and asinus, “ass”. (Susie Dent, Dictionary Corner, Radio Times February 2020.)

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