“nip in the butt”

Word of the Day for Sunday, July 1, 2012

mumpsimus \MUHMP-suh-muhs\, noun:

1. Adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorization, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy.
2. A person who persists in a mistaken expression or practice.

 

Today at work I overheard someone saying he had to “nip that problem in the butt.” Sounds painful. 

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