Help Wordnik hunt for a million missing words by backing our Kickstarter!
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Sorry, no example sentences found.
Log in or sign up to add your own related words.
Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.
reesetee commented on the word ear-rent
(Obsolete) Originally might have referred to a kind of agricultural rent, but it was used as a pun to describe either 1) the loss of a person's ears in the pillory, or 2) the "tax" imposed on a listener's patience by a profitless or noisy talker.I love this. :-)
July 31, 2008
Wordnik is fiscally sponsored by Planetwork NGO, Inc,a California 501(c) (3) non-profit educational organization, EIN #94-3366969.