The Wednesday Word - pachyderm

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Wednesday 19 June 2013

Today’s word is pachyderm, which literally means thick-skinned, but has a number of other possibilities. It can be another name for an elephant, it can also be “any of the thick-skinned, nonruminant ungulates” such as the elephant, hippopotamus or rhinoceros, or it can be a person who doesn’t care about criticism or ridicule.

“The relentlessly mocking was not helped by his constant reference to elephants as ‘those pleasing pachyderms’, though in a very pachyderm kind of way he was either oblivious or completely unphased by the ridicule.”

Feel free to let me know if you ever come across a word you think may be appropriate for this part of my blog.


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