|Sir Harold Nicolson: word-maker-upperer extraordinaire|
Noun. Mid-20th century.
[French = Colorado beetle, from Greek doruphorus spear-carrier; coined by Sir Harold Nicolson.]
A self-righteously pedantic critic.
Doryphore was invented by writer and diplomat Sir Harold Nicolson in 1952, writing that he had "tried to supplement [his] vocabulary by inventing words, such as ‘couth’, or ‘doriphore’, or ‘hypoulic’, feeling that it is the duty as well as the pastime of a professional writer to make two words bloom where only one bloomed before." Later, he clarified the exact definition of his neologism: "The doriphore ... is the type of questing prig, who derives intense satisfaction from pointing out the errors of others." I have nothing more to say on this word, except that I like it, I like it a lot, and I think it's a jolly good word.
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