sumpsimus


Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

sumpsimus

(ˈsʌmpsɪməs)
n
jocular a correct form of expression (or a new and better custom or notion) taking the place of a popular or familiar but incorrect form of expression (or older, unreasonable but common custom or notion), termed a mumpsimus
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sumpsimus - a correct expression that takes the place of a popular but incorrect expression; "he preferred his erroneous but pleasing mumpsimus to the correct sumpsimus"
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
References in periodicals archive ?
Changing old mumpsimus to new sumpsimus: Incorporating hypnosis into everyday practice.
It was in the 1400s in England when a priest saying daily mass used the term 'mumpsimus.' After 40 years of saying mumpsimus, a younger priest confronted him and said "there is no such word as mumpsimus, it is sumpsimus." The old priest said "You keep your new sumpsimus and I'll keep my old mumpsimus." Today, the term mumpsimus has been used to describe when someone holds on to old beliefs despite scientific evidence to the contrary.
Vitriolic name-calling and flights into exile reveal the polarizing effects of Henry's religious settlement, despite the king's impassioned pleas for uniformity in his 1545 "mumpsimus" and "sumpsimus" address, which by borrowing from the Reformers' lexicon acknowledged changing times.