Circumbendibus. How fun is that word? You can almost guess the meaning just by listening to it, can’t you? This is another selection from that Colonial-era word list I saw, and I absolutely LOVE this one.
Circumbendibus simply means “a roundabout way or process.” Like circumlocution or circuitous. But I love this one because it’s a deliberate joke–it’s mock-Latin, something people put together knowing well it wasn’t the real word, but that it sounded like it.
This word was popular in the late 1600s, and I’m going to make an effort to use it in conversation this week, LOL.
(Then I’m going to start a mock-Latin series on here, because how fun is that?)