crabwise & popinjay

crabwise (KRAB-wyz) adjective

1. Sideways.

2. In a cautious or roundabout manner.

[From the sideways movement of crabs.]

popinjay (POP-in-jay), noun:

A vain and talkative person.

Popinjay is from Middle English papejay, popingay, meaning “parrot,” from Old French papegai, deriving ultimately from Arabic babagha.

LJ perhaps should perhaps be renamed popin-J.

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