top ten lists
advertisement
ask the editors
advertisement
advertisement

May 28, 2015

Word of the Day

  • fictioneer
  • audio pronunciation
  • \fik-shuh-NEER\
  • DEFINITION

noun

: someone who writes fiction especially in quantity and without high standards

  • EXAMPLE

Dwight was a fictioneer who specialized in pulp novels, producing over 300 of them in his long career.

"Is it right for such irresponsible fictioneers to be playing around unconscionably with such tragic subject matter?" — Jeff Simon, Buffalo (New York) News, November 18, 2014

  • DID YOU KNOW?

In Latin, the verb fingere means "to shape, fashion, or feign." Fictioneers surely do shape stories and feign the truth, so you could say that the noun fictioneer is etymologically true to its ancestor. The word fiction had been around for more than 500 years by the time fictioneer appeared in English in 1923, bearing a suffix that harks back to such words as engineer and pamphleteer. The word is used generally to refer to any writer of fiction but often specifically to one who writes with little concern for literary quality. Fictioneer and fiction aren't the only English feigners and shapers born of fingere. The words effigy, feign, and figment are among others that trace back to that Latin verb.

  • SHARE THIS WORD OF THE DAY
facebook twitter digg myspace email
  • PODCAST

Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP

  • SUBSCRIBE

Subscribe to the Word of the Day e-mail

Manage Your Account

  • ARCHIVES

Visit the Word of the Day Archives